Greetings Fellow Photographers!
With Father's Day just around the corner, I want to talk about some tips for adventure photography! Whether the Dad in your life is into extreme sports or just looking for something new and fun to do on Father's Day, there are plenty of opportunities for great photos. Rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, rafting, and diving are just a few examples of a great Father's Day adventure. By participating in the activity, you get a unique perspective no one else gets to see. Here are some tips for an adventurous day!
Packing is key in adventure photography. You need the right camera equipment, but at the same time, it can't be too bulky or hard to reach. Take the extra step to pack lightly and efficiently before you go. There are plenty of photographer packs designed specifically for adventure photography, so it may be useful to look into a pack beforehand. Remember, if you can't access the camera quickly, you may miss the shot.
Protect Your Gear
Adventure photography may lead you into an area with elements that are harmful to your camera or photography gear. Be cautious; water and sand are dangerous to your equipment. Use waterproof bags to keep the elements away from your gear. If you don't have those, zip lock bags work pretty well too.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you are taking the shot. First, leave room for perspective. Dad biking on a rock is cool, but if you zoom out to show the vista or canyon, the photo becomes much more impressive and unique. You may also come across some fantastic, one-of-a-kind scenes, like a broken down bus or abandoned house. Don't pass on the opportunity to photograph scenes like these. Framing and shutter speed is also important. Use a fast shutter speed to freeze the image, or a slow shutter speed to show movement. Finally, take the time to go back for a shot if you can. For example, if you are taking jumps on a bike, practice a few times so you know it's safe, then take the shot from multiple angles. Trade places with your buddies so everyone gets an action shot. Scout it out first and don't get hurt!
Tell the Story
Once you get the adventure shots, you'll want to document the day. Create a photo book with pictures and stories about the adventure and give it to Dad for Father's Day. Or, take the best shot from the day and order a poster size enlargement to hang in his office. His co-workers will be quite impressed!