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Nature photography: where technology and nature meet (Part 1)

Using a slow shutter speed will give you creative advantage this spring
Using a slow shutter speed will give you creative advantage this spring
Christian McHugh

This spring, thousands of avid photographers and outdoor enthusiasts are hitting the woods, fields, and waters in search of breathtaking and action filled photographs. As photography grows by major proportion each and every year, more and more cameras are out in the field. What doesn’t chance, is that there are many photographers who find themselves unprepared for the situations they want to encounter photographically. This is part 1 of a two part series on nature photography this spring. Here are a few tools you will want to make sure to bring with you to give you a successful and efficient time afield.

A tripod

It seems obvious that people need tripods, but the fact of the matter is that many people still head out in the field without one. If you plan to take any photo’s during lowlight times or of motion blurred water, a tripod is a necessary tool. One with adjustable legs will allow you to set the camera on uneven ground and level them out. Today, many tripods even have bubble levels that can help you make sure the camera is as level as can be.

Lens cleaning kit

If you are taking photo’s out in nature, there are literally hundreds of different things that can scratch, gunk up, or ruin your lenses. It is important to bring a lens cleaning kit to wipe off dust, water, or any other debris that might come in contact with your lenses while you are out in the field. Having one of these will save you a lot of time, money, and frustration of failed attempts at photo’s and could save you from needing to buy a brand new lens.

A camera case

Even more obvious than a tripod is the need for a tough camera case. If you are climbing up trees, on the banks or shores of water, or around rocks, you will want your camera and other gear in a tough camera case that will give them added protection from the elements that can easily destroy your gear.

The Extras

If your nature photography ventures bring into the deep woods or backcountry found in North America, make sure to bring extra batteries and memory cards, so that when you run out of juice or space on your batteries and cards, that you are prepared. This happens to thousands of photographers each year. They hike back a day into the backcountry of our national parks, only to find a dead battery or full memory card after half a day. Be prepared and make the most out of your efforts.

These are just a few common tools that are essential for nature photography and will help save you time, money, and frustration from ruined attempts and damaged or broken gear.


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