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.
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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