4 Quick Photography Tips and Tricks

A few quick tips to help you get the best photos outdoors.

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March 16, 2017

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Intervalometer/Remote Shutter

With a tripod and intervalometer/remote shutter a whole new world of photo possibilities open up. Not only can you make time-lapses, you can also take pictures of yourself, by yourself. Both photos up top are shots I took of myself. It’s basically the ultimate selfie station.

There are both wired and wireless systems, the wireless is good to about 250 feet. Another tip, get some adhesive Velcro and attach one piece to the tripod and the other to the remote for a secure spot to put it.

Faster Cards

Use the fastest memory cards you can afford. Fast memory cards improve your camera write time and allow you to shoot HD video. Cards have a rating number on them like ‘Class 2′ ‘Class 4′ ‘Class 10′ etc. The higher the number the faster the card. The newest card are U1 or U3 or they show the transfer speed like 45MB/sec, 95MB/sec etc.

Hotel Shower Cap

This one is pretty simple. The next time you’re in a hotel grab the free shower cap. They make a great rain/dust guards for you camera. Just put your camera body in the cap and stick the lens out of the opening. It’s not waterproof but I’ve used it in a blizzard before and not a drop of water made to my camera body.

Google Earth

If you’re wondering how people find cool outdoor locations, google earth probably played a role. It gives you a bird’s eye view of an area that might suit your needs. I was looking for a specific looking pier for one of my shots, so I hopped on google earth and scrolled down the coast until I found one that looked like it might work. It also pulls in pictures that other people have taken of the area so you can see what it looks like from the ground.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.