How to take pictures on a camping trip.

The question of how best to photograph on a camping trip relates to general questions - how to photograph in general. But on a hike for the photographer, and just for the person with the camera, there are nuances and additional features that can and should be taken into account.

Flower and other vegetation in the campaign

Flower and other vegetation in the campaign

And so, first you need to decide what you are going on a hike - very often it is a large, huge backpack full of provisions, clothes, a tent and a sleeping bag, and also a guitar to boot. Every extra kilogram that a person carries is important during a hike. Therefore, if you plan to constantly photograph, then it is better to take a light camera with a light lens. All digital cameras are ideal for a hike, DSLRs are already really adding extra pounds.

Flower at 6 in the morning.

Flower at 6 in the morning.

So what should you take? I advise you to get by with the standard kit lens 18-55, which will give you the ability to zoom, wide angle of view, and it is also lightweight. You can also grab an additional lightweight lens. From experience I will say that heavy telephoto cameras are not very effective on a hike, since it is not convenient to walk with them all the time, and it takes a long time to stop and change them, especially if this is a real hike to the most ordinary mountains for a couple of days. Also, you need to remember about the battery charge and, if possible, turn off the image stabilization function on the lens, make the delay in displaying the captured photo to a minimum, or better - just take a spare battery.

During sunset

During sunset

For example, the photos in this article are taken on 3 lenses - this Jupiter-21AI took to write a good review about him. The whale lens 18-55, which is very sharp and made it easy to shoot landscapes, and Jupiter-37A, which my colleague shared. I will say that with the heavy and long Jupiter-21A it is very difficult to control in the mountains and it’s almost impossible to quickly put together the right frame with people.

Interesting moments in the campaign

Interesting moments in the campaign

I advise you to always wear a camera around your neck so as not to miss interesting landscapes, animals, people. The camera strap can pretty much rub the photographer’s neck if he hasn’t worn the camera on his neck all day. The heavy bundle of the camera and lens rubs especially. In my first trip with a DSLR, my D90 and whale 18-105 made it quite difficult to move on the trip, rubbed my neck, and added extra effort. Of course, while parking, using the bundle was quite convenient.

Above the clouds - photo from a hike in the mountains

Above the clouds - a photo from a hike in the mountains

It is necessary to take a moisture-proof bag, since you can get it in the rain, and even at night the camera can damage the condensate formed from temperature extremes. Additional photo equipment should be taken according to the level of needs for photo research.

Then the most interesting part is how to take pictures: due to the hiking mood, the landscape will constantly change and landscape photographs can make a whole lot. Also, in nature, a wide variety of different plants that will attract your attention.

Near the waterfall

Near the waterfall

Especially interesting photos can be taken during sunset or sunrise. True, in the summer sunrise is quite early. All terrain and all objects during sunset and sunrise have a nice color.

In nature, you can find many colors

In nature, you can find many colors

Also, you can take pictures against the background of the nature of your friends or just people, here the field for creativity is huge and you need to look at each situation separately. Most likely your friends themselves will ask you to photograph them against the background of something interesting.

Only mountains can be better than mountains

Only mountains can be better than mountains

And, probably, the best recommendation on a trip is to always look at your feet when you need to move around during photography.

Help to the project. Thanks for attention. Arkady Shapoval.

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Comments: 41, on the topic: How to take pictures on a camping trip.

  • Natalia

    Thanks. I love taking pictures, but it’s hard to go camping with a camera. I began to take pictures on the phone. Of course, not the best option, but always at hand, convenient and easy.

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