It’s never fun lugging around your DSLR camera. Add a couple lenses to the list of gear and soon enough you’ll ask yourself why did I bring this camera? However, nothing is more rewarding than the pictures you might capture while camping, hiking, safariing, or anything that eventuates nature’s beauty.
Camping gear already adds a lengthy list of things you need to pack, and while adding a few lenses doesn’t seem fun, you must keep your eye on the prize. Camping and hiking has always been my best forte in capturing God’s amazing creation. Whether I’m waking up early while camping with the family or deviating from the trail on a solid hiking venture, I always seem to find myself in the right spot at the right time. Camping gear and hiking gear should always include a DSLR camera, a solid prime lens with a f/1.8 for all the shallow depth photographs, a long telephoto lens with IS at a minimum of 300mm and of course, and of course a solid mid-range lens at 70-200mm for all the in-between pics. Carrying all these lenses requiring having a nice, solid dry bag backpack made specifically for cushioning camera gear. Having it be a dry bag is also crucial because it assures that the equipment stays dry while hiking and camping. Don’t overlook a good camera backpack, they are very well needed. Get a comfortable dry bag backpack, too. That makes all the difference in the world.
While camping and hiking, be sure to always have your gear near you so that you can capture whatever comes your way. If you have already lugged all this gear halfway, or semi halfway across the world, you might as well keep it by your side. No use in bringing all that camping, hiking, and camera gear hundreds or thousands of miles away only to have it sit on the sidelines. Be focused, be ready and constantly be on the look out. Try to get up early to anticipate the unknown and study forecasts so you know when sunsets and sunrises are. Having a prepared plan for your camping or hiking trip can always increase your odds of taking that million dollar photo. Contrary to that, don’t be anxious. Let the photo come to you. Camping and hiking can be both an exhilarating and draining experience, so keep your positivity high.
Lastly, don’t get too comfortable. Unless you get that something might happen feeling and you need to hunker down, my advice is to always be on the move. The more you move, the more you see. Camping and hiking can be a pain in the butt, especially with having heaps of camping gear and hiking gear, but don’t let that discourage you from being mobile. Pack a well filled water bottle and go exploring for that perfect picture. It’s right there waiting for you.
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