As a photographer, you know that getting the right shot is crucial, and sometimes you have to go to great lengths to capture the moment. That said, photographers also love their gear, and there’s a lot that can damage your gear when you go hiking, We put together this list of tips for bringing your camera hiking for your reference before your next outdoor adventure.
Plan your shots ahead of time or be ready to shoot
Many photographers like to take their camera on the trails or mountains in an effort to capture a particular moment. Maybe you want to capture a sunset at North Cascades National Park in Washington. On the other hand, you may not have a plan and you might merely want to capture nature as you wish, in which case––be ready. If you want to take pictures of wildlife, you should have your camera on and ready to go. The wildlife isn’t going to wait for you to get your camera out of your bag, as much as we might wish it did.
Get a dependable and comfortable bag
Whether you’re going out for a day on the trails or you’re backpacking for a couple days, you need a bag that’s going to protect your gear. Don’t make the mistake of throwing your camera in a standard backpack because it will not protect your gear from the elements or provide added protection. Additionally, when you’re hitting the trails, you don’t want a backpack that’s going to hurt your shoulders. A good camera bag is going to have padded shoulder straps, extensive protection for your gear, and waterproof material and zippers.
Pack accordingly, but lightly
Overpacking is extremely easy when you’re a photographer because you want to bring all your gear. The problem is, you’re hiking––you don’t want a bag on your shoulders that weighs any more than it needs to, so pack as light as possible. In most cases, all you’re going to need is your camera, a wide-angle lens, a zoom lens, and a tripod. Of course, you should pack a rain cover, protective lens covers or a lens hood, an air blower, and whatever else you’ll need to protect your camera.
Nature photography is one of the most fascinating photography ventures because you never know what you’ll capture. With these tips for bringing your camera hiking, you should be well on your way to capturing memorable photos while keeping your gear safe.