Walking with your Camera - Advice & Ideas.

Both walking and photography are hobbies that require a bit of skill and knowledge before engaging in. Fortunately, when the two are combined they can result in some amazing shots of outdoor locations, as long as the right digital camera is purchased. Before sinking your money into a digital camera that is likely to get ‘roughed up’ on your next walk, think about what type of camera you really need and under what conditions it will need to hold up in (terrain and weather).

How to choose your Digital Camera.
Finding the exact digital camera to meet your needs takes some preliminary research. You should go into the search knowing how much you want to spend and what features are your personal (must-have's) on the camera. Digital cameras have dropped dramatically in price and size from when they first came out, so finding one to suit your needs won't be difficult or break the bank.

You'd like to have a camera to tuck into your rucksack as you prepare for your walking season. Here are a few suggestions before you go out to purchase a camera. There are hundreds of cameras on the market so making the proper choices now will help you with your photographing hobby. Space is a primary issue for walkers so you might look at the compact camera range. Consider how you're most likely to use the camera. For quick, no-fuss shooting, look for lots of automated modes. Do you want a camera to snap live-action shots? To capture minute detail? Illuminate bright colours? Shoot short videos? Snap brilliant pictures even in low light? Determine how many pictures you typically would take on your walk, to ensure that your camera and its corresponding memory sticks can store the appropriate amount of picture memory for you.

 A manual setting offers more control. Shutter or aperture-priority modes are a convenient compromise. Macro mode is essential for close-ups. If landscapes are your thing, look for wide-angle capability. For wildlife shots, you need good optical (not digital) zoom that's fast and quiet.

If you require instant access to your camera you'll want to be sure you purchase one that comes with a wristband or, at the very least, a place where a wristband can be easily attached. Determine what features are most important to you in a digital camera.

Need a little bit more information on your new Camera?
See our - Buying a New Camera - article

And for the beginner - Train your Photographic Eye.
Here is a simple exercise you can do anywhere that will help you develop your photographic eye. Take your camera and go for a walk. While walking down the lane, at the park or in the countryside, make a point to stop randomly and find something to photograph within 10 or 15 feet (3 to 5 m) from where you are standing. Better still, if you are walking with a non-photographer, ask them to tell you when to stop. Look up and down, look all around you and take your time to find something interesting to photograph. The goal of this exercise is not to produce fine art photographs, but to take interesting pictures along the walk, or a record for others to see. Most of all consider it as a photo assignment and a walk with no pressure and see what happens.

If you have a specific subject in mind you may wish to see our -
How to Photograph flowers sea & water trains sunset birds, mountains treeslandscapes
,  Autumn colours,  Butterflies.

Or you would like to find out  
How to Shoot your images in Black & White.

The foremost rule is to Protect your camera in bad weather.
Rain should not discourage you from taking pictures; it can give an unexpected dimension to an image. Cover your camera and lens with a plastic bag when not in use, and keep it as dry as possible when using it. If your camera does become wet leave it in a dry warm room and let it dry naturally. Best of all Purchase a waterproof case for your camera and be sure it's securely fastened in bad weather.

If you prefer to be able to use off the shelf batteries if possible because recharging is not always achievable when hiking, then consider this point when buying your camera! You will need to keep the replacement batteries dry and safe and take enough to meet your needs.

Choose the right camera... and you will have chosen a lifetime companion!

A final warning - If you plan to buy online, check out cameras in a store first. Register your warranty with the manufacturer after purchase.

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