Are you planning to hit the trails on the ultimate adventure? If you are, then you are undoubtedly looking to capture some great pictures in the process. Building a photography website may not be easy, but finding ways to protect the great outdoors can be. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Let’s get rolling with something we’ve heard a million times before:
Take Pictures, Leave Footprints Only
Seems simple, no? If you didn’t come with it, leave it behind, and if you brought it, take it back with you.
Write a List
Write down everything you intend to bring with you. This not only helps you avoid forgetting anything at home, but that same list will ensure that you don’t leave anything behind. Leaving a filter or lens behind in the wilderness is not only bad business, but bad for the environment.
Make an effort to leave things a little cleaner than how you found it. I usually bring along a shopping or garbage bag and pick up any cans or bottles that I come across. This can be a challenge depending on how much other gear you have, but fellow photographers and hikers will appreciate your efforts.
Pack a Few Snacks
Hitting the trail is an all-day affair, so be sure to bring along a few snacks. Of course, be careful that the packaging doesn’t wind up in the wilderness. I can’t even count how many times I have tried to use paper cups or plates, only to have them blown completely out of my hand. Tupperware containers are a great way to pack and store your food items.
You can’t forget to bring water, EVER! For me, that means bringing tap water in reusable bottles. Not everyone agrees with me, but I just don’t see a need to purchase bottled water at two bucks a pop when it’s absolutely free from your tap!
Feel free to take man’s best friend along on your adventure, but keep him on a leash and at your side at all times. Dogs that are allowed to roam free can end up damaging the ecosystem in many unseen ways. It is also a bit uncomfortable to stumble on a loose animal, so keep your fellow hikers in mind.
Mind your Step
Be careful of where you are walking. That flower or plant that you step on may have been the ideal shot for a fellow photographer. Try to stay on marked paths and avoid upsetting the natural groundcover.
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