4 Essential Tools for Adventure Photographers

Few things are more exhilarating than getting out in the wide open world with a camera in hand. However, venturing into the wilderness brings about specific technical difficulties that can be difficult to overcome. Courtesy of National Geographic, here are some of the most helpful tools a photographer have on hand when shooting out in the field:

1. Sun Tracking Apps

It may seem simple, but having a working knowledge of when the sun will rise and set is incredibly helpful when photographing on location. Knowing where the sun will be in the sky and how the light will fall upon a subject can be a major asset in planning a perfect scene ahead of time. Sun tracking apps can be downloaded with relative ease onto most smart phones.

2. Neutral Density Filters

Unfortunately, we can’t always control the elements. Light can often be uncooperative, much to the chagrin of ambitious photographers. ND filters can combat unexpected uneven lighting and potential clipping in highlights or shadows.

3. Handheld Gimbals

For the aspiring cinematographer, gimbals are a godsend. For smaller cameras such as GoPros, a lightweight handheld gimbal can be the perfect solution to keeping your gear balanced during a shoot—even when faced with uneven terrain.

4. Off Camera Lighting

Bringing artificial light sources to a natural setting may seem counter intuitive to some. However, battery operated lights can work wonders for opening up a scene. You don’t have to break your back carrying a full set of strobes; even a simple speedlight can provide the touch of light necessary to improve a composition.

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Nature and all things outdoors can be incredibly inspiring. When technical issues get in the way of producing a striking image, it can be frustrating. Luckily, these practical tools do an excellent job of minimizing the obstacles photographers face when venturing outside of the studio.

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2 responses to “4 Essential Tools for Adventure Photographers”

  1. Lincon says:

    Wow extreme level of photography man. I like here using app for the sun rise and sunset time. Excellent works guys, What was that place like smoky type excellent place man. Another thing i like here most sun ray come through the hill, excellent take man and nice gears too.

  2. Nice article for mountain lovers. SANDAKPHU TOUR & TREK is the finest choice not only for mountain lovers, as well for adventure hunters. This is a panoramic place situated more than 12,000 feet above from sea-level. Which is located at Indo-Nepal border.

    ** Nearest Railway Station is NEW JALPAIGURI RAILWAY STATION
    ** Nearest Airport is IXB (BAGDOGRA AIRPORT)
    ** Nearest Bus-Stand is SILIGURI BUSTAND (Tenzing Norgay).

    Sandakphu-Phalut-Tumling is a place belonging to Singalila Range. Although this is the highest peak of West Bengal. Where visible Mt.Makalu, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Kanchenjungha, Mt.Everest, Mt.Pandim [Highest five peaks in the world].

    SANDAKPHU is considered as a most handsome trekking destination in India.


    The ideal time for Sandakphu Tour & Trek is Mid March to May & October to December.

    Snowfall time at Sandakphu-Phalut-Tumling is Last December to March.

    Explore the unexplored part of Indo-Nepal border part after Darjeeling. Enjoy the ride of the British Land-Rover car, which is almost 100 years old.

    Trip to Sandakphu-Phalut is known as trekkers paradise after Kudremukh. Also known as Land of Land Rovers. An ongoing under-constructed hilly road, where only 4X4 wheel drive vehicles are used.

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