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How to Take Good Pictures When Hiking

No matter how good your memory is, you need to share your impressions from the last hiking experience with your loved ones. And, if they don’t hike, you do need to take pictures. And not just any kind of pictures, but good ones, that take you on the tip of the mountain and make you feel as cold as when it was taken… :)

Of course, you could put on your hiking boots while showing around your pictures (by the way, check our selection of hiking boots for women here http://www.wahoohiker.com), but something tells us it’s not gonna be the same.

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The best part about reading this article is that, when you apply the tips from here, you’ll take good pictures all the time, not only while you’re hiking. Every trick on how to take good pictures may be used anytime you feel like it!

First thing about taking good pictures is…open your eye wide open and stop checking your boots constantly! :)

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Yellow lines: the crossing of the thirds. Red line: braising about the continuity of the line of force. White line: force line and the diagonal of the thirds

Use the rule of the thirds when taking pictures since it lets you obtain a more harmonious composition. This composition rule is very simple and consists in dividing the image into 3 equal parts, horizontally and vertically. This gives us in the end 9 cases. The SLR users know already this option since it’s available naturally on their menu when taking a live view picture (in real time).

For a better use of rule of the thirds, you need the place the elements along these lines. The crossings, the strong points of the images are natural clues for where the eye goes.

 

 

smartphone-viewfinder

It’s good to know that in the parameters of your smartphone you can easily display the lines from the thirds rule to take pictures easier.

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Use the leak lines when taking pictures as they make the picture more dynamic. No matter if it’s path, a stream that vanishes in the back, they will help catch the real thing.

example-1

Here, in this picture, the leak line is the path that directs the eye toward the shelters. The leak line begins horizontally at the right and finishes in the crossing of the second third with the first vertical third.

Use the force lines such as the angle of the ground, the rocky trails, a building breaking horizontally the line of force

example-2

Here, the diagonal line of force gives the image two separate spaces known very well by the mountain lovers. One side is sunbathed (the southern one) versus the northern side (often in the shadows).

Use an element that will give the scale of the view- this could be a hiker, an animal, an isolated tree. Besides that, avoid separating a part of this element since this would cut off the scale.

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This picture may be taken by yourself with an automatic delayed shutter using a tripod or with the help of a companion. Note again the composition of thirds

The hikers give a clear scale of the view
The hikers give a clear scale of the view

Take advantage of the best light when taking pictures. The best time is generally one hour before the sunrise and one hour after the sun down. The shadows are softer, the light is warmer and more calm. Everything is touched by the first sun rays while the valley is still asleep. Take also advantage of the stormy vibes that give solemnity to the image.

example-5-mountain-peak

While hiking, it’s all about the views…It’s the details that count as much: the plants, the animals, the moments of life, the surroundings. You need to rewrite the whole visual experience and you can do this with the right pictures… :)

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Edelweiss, the Queen of the Alps

Keep in mind this tips also when taking pictures:

  • Take enough speed when using the shutter to avoid the blurred image
  • Use a tripod; it’s very useful at night pictures when the light conditions are tricky
  • Take your pictures in a raw format so that you’ll be able to develop and correct them afterwards
  • Don’t go too high in ISO to avoid the noise
  • Use everything that you can to stabilize your camera: tripod, ground, backpack
  • To protect the quality of the pictures, take a cover with a rubber band for the base of the camera. It keeps away dirt, the shocks and…loss of it :)
  • Bring an UV filter to protect the lens in case of fall. It’s better to have this filter broken than the object glass. And it’s not as expensive as your camera, either!

 

 

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