Tips for taking great pictures of the mountains
Mountain photography is considered as an especially fascinating kind of photography. Hiking and photographing is a perfect match. A photo trip to the mountains requires a combination of effort and relaxation. Whether it’s the Himalayas, Alps, Andes, Rocky Mountains or Carpathians – every mountain range makes its own special impressions on the hiker. For every trip to the mountains, a combination of alpine equipment and physical fitness is required. For the efforts that you put in, in the end you will be rewarded with an extraordinary view and impressive photo motives.
Besides, you can display your full creativity in mountain photography. So that you won’t miss the ideal picture, please be very familiar with the tools of a photographer, such as aperture, exposure time and iso-sensitivity, as well their effects and connections and be able to use them in a targeted manner.
Preparation and camera equipment for the trip to the mountains
If you’re planning a photo trip to the mountains, it’s wise to reduce your equipment to the minimum. Sort out what you absolutely need. Instead of a shoulder bag, bring the right camera backpack so that the weight on your shoulder is evenly distributed. As for hiking equipment, bring, besides food and drinks, a tripod, camera accessories (rechargeable batteries, memory cards), various selected lenses and, of course, the camera. Bring rain protection as well for bad weather.
When you choose your camera, make sure that it is solid, waterproof, and has a dust cover. To take the best pictures of mountains, there are, besides the digital single-lens reflex cameras, also the compact cameras with a decent zoom range or the so-called bridge cameras (super zoom cameras). To save weight, just leave the fixed focal lengths at home and limit yourself to as few lenses as possible. Recommended are the wide-angle lens (10 to 18mm) and the standard zoom lens (18 to 105 mm).
Additionally, please take various filters with you. The polarizing filter, for example, makes the colours look better and reduces the influence from haze, while the gray gradient filter reduces the brightness difference between the ground and the sky. In the high mountains, you can use the UV-filter.
Avoid the midday sun when you plan your day. If necessary, it may be appropriate to adjust the direction of the hike. Before you start the hike, please check your equipment’s functionality. The batteries should be charged and checked carefully. Besides replacement batteries, additional memory cards should not be missing.
Tips for the perfect mountain photo
Less is often more. Even if nature is overwhelming in all directions, instead of photographing everything, focus your attention on individual items and limit yourself consciously. Try to capture emotions.
Change the position from which you photograph more often. Climb on the rocks, lie down on the ground or squat down. Please pay attention to your safety, of course!
Make your pictures more interesting through many layers. Make use of the foreground, middle ground, and background.
Use preferably the manual focus. Don’t just take wide-angle shots. Detail shots are just as enchanting.
For a change, photograph with the tripod. Create bracketing series from which you can later make HDR pictures.
This article was originally published on www.fotos-fuers-leben.ch/ (in German).