Hiking is a fun outdoor activity that involves some level of preparation and it also requires having basic knowledge about the gear you will need for your hike. Some people have asked if Leather Bottom Moccasins are good to wear in a hike. The answer is a big no. Leather Bottom Moccasins and any other kind of Moccasins are not hiking shoes and should not be work on a hike no matter how easy the hike is. If you don't have the right hiking shoes then a sneaker will be a better option. So to those that have no clue what to take on a hike, do your research before you head off to the mountains.


Now for seasoned hikers, this article is going to talk about photography when you are on a hike. If you plan to take a lot of photos during your hike, then making preparations for that is also paramount. I’m going to list the basic things you will need to take great pictures if you go on a hike and intend to take pictures. Now not all hikes need to be photography expeditions, but some hikes take you to the most beautiful mountain views that you can’t help but take some photos to help remember the view and share with your friends and family, or more accurately, share on Instagram. Preparing for a hike puts you at an advantage in case there is a spontaneous occurrence both positive and negative. Taking pictures during a hike is fun because you are bound to see lots of beautiful views and angles to take great shots, you, however, need to be prepared by having the right equipment and knowing how to carry them/take care of them during your hike. Let’s talk about the things you’ll need and how you can prepare in general.

You will need a Camera

Yes, I’m “Captain Obvious” in mentioning a camera. But not just any camera will do if you intend on taking lots of photos on a hike. Especially if it’s an intense hike. You need to have the right camera. If you are going on a tough hike in rugged terrains like a mountain or the deep woods then you would need a tough and rugged camera that can withstand the extremities and can withstand a few bumps here and there. A fragile cosmetic camera will not do in this instance as it will likely break or at least restrict you as you won't have peace of mind and will constantly worry about the camera. Get you a camera that can take the heat!  Rugged cameras are great for activities with serious exposure to elements such as surfing, rafting, skiing, or rock climbing. For hiking, it’s better to carry a higher-performance, lower-cost camera and protect it inside a small dry sack like a Ziplock bag.

Irrespective of if you get a hiking camera or not, during your hike or outdoor activity, always keep your camera away from the sand. Use care when cleaning dirt particles and sand from your digital camera. Do not use canned or pressurized air to clean the sand, as you might just blow the particles into the camera case further making it worse.  Some camera cases might not be sealed perfectly, making it easier for dirt and sand to penetrate the case and cause damage. Gently blow out the grit and sand to avoid this problem. Use care when shooting photos on a windy day at the beach, too, where sand can blow with excessive force. Also, avoid opening the battery compartment when you’re in such situations. Make sure you’re in a dry and clean place before you open your lenses to change it.  It is unlikely that you will always have a choice when you’re switching between lenses in the field; however, it might be necessary to move a little bit to minimize your exposure. Also, avoid using an excessive amount of cleaning liquid with your camera. In fact, other than stubborn smudges, you should be able to clean the camera with a dry microfiber cloth. If a liquid is needed, place a few drops of the liquid on the cloth, rather than directly on the camera. Water can be used in place of cleaning liquid as well. Always remember to clean your camera bag too.


You will need a Camera Bag

It is very important to have a camera bag made, specifically for your camera. During a hike make sure the bag can withstand touch terrain and temperatures. Camera bags have special paddings and protection layers to protect your camera from the possibility of damage and breakage. During your hike, your camera is going to be handled quite often and having a bag for it gives you some peace of mind. However, make sure the bag is easy to open so you can easily take out your camera and put it back in. Some hiking backpacks come with camera compatibility which makes it easier as you don’t have to carry two bags around. It’s very convenient to have the backpack that has compartments for your camera, lenses, computer, tablets and other electronics you might have.

You will need a Camera Strap

A camera strap is something that’s often overlooked by amateur photographers but professional photographers and those who have been in the game long enough understand how very important this item is. In this situation, a camera strap is a nice alternative to a camera bag if you intend to have your camera across your neck or shoulder all the time. Get a specific strap that fits your needs.  After walking for hours taking great photos or hiking up a mountain to get a good view with your camera strapped across your shoulder or your neck, it begins to matter what camera strap you have. It’s important to get one with good quality.

Hopefully, these tips help prepare you for your next hiking/nature photography trip.

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