Make your next hiking trip memorable by keeping in mind the following photography tips compiled by avid outdoors man William Schoellkopf:

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  1. Be clear with your plans. Sometimes you have to start at the end to find the beginning. Whether you wish to acquire fine art prints from Yellowstone or fun snapshots with friends at the Grand Canyon, it is crucial that you make a list of all the possible and realistic goals while putting them together in the form of a plan to make them a reality. Research the area you will be hiking thoroughly. Collect data through updated maps, news and other info related to the trails.
  2. Take the camera you are willing to carry. Don’t be hard on yourself taking along the heaviest of gear as carrying as this can do more harm than good. If you are an SLR shooter, consider limiting your lenses to the essentials. For scenic wide angle trek, the only thing you will need is the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 for your D700. For bird photography, something longer will be required. Tamron makes a great 70-200mm f/2.8 lens for Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Pentax cameras.
  3. Before leaving the house, check your gear. Make sure your equipment is in proper working order. Double check for any missing essential! It’s easy to forget a battery left on a charger or a memory card left in a card reader.
  4. Dress appropriately. Hiking isn’t a fashion show, and the importance of comfortable and functional clothes is undeniable. This is the first line of defense between your body, your camera equipment, and the elements.
  5. Consider support options. A tripod is essential for many landscape and nature photographers. Sometimes the difference between a run-of-the-mill and exquisite sunrise photo is determined by a camera support. Lightweight options, such as the Benro C-169M8 and the Gitzo Ocean, support a good amount of weight and pack down extremely small.

William Schoellkopf