Tips on Adventure Photography
If there’s one thing that most photographer’s share, it’s the thirst for adventure. There’s a reason why you’ll find most photographers traveling across the world to capture memorable images. Even photography workshops, in a way, cater to the sense of adventure. There are few things that can rival the sheer thrill of venturing into unexplored territories to discover new subjects that have never been captured before.
However, like regular photography, there are rules that need to be followed even during adventure photography trips. Here are a few of those rules to make your next adventure photography trip as enjoyable and fruitful as possible.
Preparation and planning
Nothing can ever work out perfectly, even in adventure photography, without proper preparation or planning. You need to know the subjects you are planning to capture. It is always better to have a storyline in mind. Apart from capturing nature and surrounding landscapes, observe how people behave on such trips and capture those moments. Always create a mental image of what you plan to capture.
Apart from that, you need to ensure that you have all the necessary equipment. If you think you’ll need a telephoto lens or a tripod, carry it. Plus, it is also necessary that you carry the right camera cleaning equipment. Cameras are bound to get dirty during adventure trips. If you will be shooting around water, then make sure to carry the necessary waterproofing gear.
Apart from having some fun yourself, one of the key points of adventure photography is to give the viewer a preview of what the adventure might be like. For this, a Point of View (POV) shot can come in handy. POV shots capture the action in a particular scene, creating a life-like experience for the viewer.
Isolate the subject
One of the visual approaches used in photographic storytelling is isolating the subject. It is, especially, true for adventure photography. Isolating the subject gives emphasis to the subject and not what is behind or around them. For example, if you are shooting people in a camp, isolating them as subjects tells their story. It provides an explanation as to who they are and what the they are doing. Their expressions might indicate how the particular adventure must be like for them.
Last but not the least, try to explore. There are beautiful moments and subjects waiting to be captured in an adventure trip. There is no end to what you can find. So, do not be afraid to venture out into the unknown. You never know what you might capture.