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Combining Photography and Hiking

Combining Hiking and Photography is an incredible combination. Great exercise combined with an outdoor experience and the images to take home as memories is priceless.  There are some things to consider when going out even a small distance from civilization or your vehicle as safety precautions. Most people think that just going a short distance from the car means safety and survival are not a concern. Remember the old saying most accidents happen closest to home? You should always be prepared with basics. Just in case!

Getting Prepared – When heading out in the wilderness getting prepared for emergencies and thinking ahead is not too difficult. Of course, you want to, first of all, avoid going out when bad weather may approach but sometimes it can hit unexpectedly. Be prepared just in case with some basic survival things such as a water purifier, pocket knife, and a compass.  If you get lost or injured and you have a clean water source you can survive until rescue finds you.  A pocket knife can help when you need to build shelter and a compass can at least head you in the right direction. We always recommend having a water purifier, a pocket knife and good quality jackets and hiking shoes. This is your basic minimum in preparedness for hiking and possible emergencies.

While hiking with expensive camera gear we also have to consider protecting our gear along with ourselves.  We use all products from Think Tank Camera Bags. They have backpacks specifically designed for protecting your gear. Some of us lucky ones are carrying 10 thousand dollars and more of gear. No matter what the value you want to protect your gear.

We recommend insuring your gear. A lot of us do a side business of some sort with photography. You can get a general liability policy with camera gear and all office equipment protected for as low as $250.00 a year. We have a policy that started at that rate but with all of our office and photography equipment it is now up to closer to $500.00

My friend Tom tells a story about when he was out hiking with his dog. He had a camera on a tripod and the dog’s leash got tangled around the tripod that was in the water with the camera on it. The dog ran to chase a bird and there went the camera.

Plan it out – Don’t forget to research where you’re going and bring maps along with you.  Another important issue is to figure out what camera gear you’ll be using and try to bring only what you will be using Again, Think Tank has bags, backpacks that we entrust cameras, lenses to be protected in.  Be sure to check out the weather proof gear in the event you do encounters inclement weather. If you are out hiking in the heat you would be in need of the backpack with room for water bottles. The products we recommend are high ranking in the areas of good quality, durability, and functionality.

If you are headed to the back country a lot more thinking and planning should go into the trip. Carrying all your camping gear and photography gear is hard but well worth it when you obtain images that no other human being on the planet earth has ever taken or will take.

Here is a list of some things to b sure to take while camping and photographing.

  • Camera body
  • (1) zoom lens
  • (1) wide angle
  • Lightweight tripod
  • Shutter release
  • Several Camera batteries
  • Several Memory cards
  • Intervolometer – for making overnight milky way movies
  • Waist pack with filter pack
  • Hiking Boots
  • Quality Jacket
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Tent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bear Spray
  • Compass

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