Nothing is more breathtaking for hiking than mountain views. If you want to make your mountain shooting a niche you have to invest in the right equipment so that you can focus on the actual filming process.
In addition to basic hiking equipment, such as backpacks, pockets and maps, you also need to pack your equipment for true-to-life photography:
1. A good camera for nature photography.
When shooting outdoors or on rocky areas, your equipment may be subject to a large number of harassment. Make sure your camera is waterproof and shockproof. In this way you will not have to worry about your gear getting damaged when walking up mountains or rocks.
One camera I highly recommend for professional quality outdoor photography is the lightweight and portable Nikon D750, so it does not add weight to the backpack so much. There is also a 24.3MP CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor that offers stunning views even without sufficient light.
Capturing a mesmerizing moment just like the sun rises perfectly in the mountains will not be a problem due to the fast and responsive auto focus of this camera.
And for the time that the stills are not enough, you can use a full camera to shoot up to 9,999 consecutive pictures and then combine them into one.
2. Lightweight Tripod
Outdoor photography may be difficult to find and smooth surface. So if you want sharp and leveled photos, you need to take a tripod with you. However, conventional tripods may be larger. The good thing now is that there are lightweight options like the David and Sanford Traverse, which are made of aluminum and can be folded easily.
3. Wide Angle Lens or Telephoto with good quality.
The beauty of using a DSLR camera is the flexibility to change your lens. Make sure you use the best quality lens with your DSLR camera. Nature Photography Expert Bryan Peterson recommends 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.66 ED-IF AF-S Nikkor lens for shooting. The contrast is bright and high contrast.
For wildlife photography, use the zoom lens to take close-up shots of subjects without having to go near them. For panoramic images, use wide-angle lenses.
4. Polarizing Filter
When shooting outdoors, you can handle a lot of natural light, which can sometimes be too intense for your photos. Adjust the light balance in your frame using neutral or polarizing filter. This method will reduce reflections, especially if you are shooting in the presence of water. It can also enhance the color of the sky for sharp, high contrast images.
5. lens hood
Use a lens hood to prevent lens advances that cause sharpness, smog, orbs, and polygons throughout your photos.
There are two types of flare lens:
Flickering – occurs when a very bright light source is outside the frame. But still lets shine on the front part of the lens.
Flame Flicker – Shows all shapes that can be seen in a picture and often appears as orbs of different shapes and colors in a straight line from a light source.
The lens hood is not attached to your lens. Experts recommend that you clean the lens to prevent scraps and other particles from causing the flare.
6. External flash
External flash is ideal for illuminating objects and reducing shadows in photos, especially when shooting at night.
You can use the flash only for this purpose. Just make sure you get the camera that is compatible with your camera for best results.
7. Rugged and durable camera bag.
Finally, you need a bag to help you carry your camera and other accessories properly. Get a backpack that distributes evenly throughout your back, withstands bad weather and has plenty of pockets. Enough for storing your gear.
I love the Vanguard Skyborne 48 backpack because it has adjustable shoulder straps, air cushion covers, and a netbook compartment when I want to take my computer to post pictures or post blog posts on the go.
Nothing is more satisfying than capturing the natural beauty that you see and touch. With the right tools in hand and a little practice, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the exhilarating moment through your photos.
About the Author: Alex Gomez is a professional social media who dabbles as an independent writer, photographer and photographer. Gadgets and enthusiasts in the car also play video games and keep up to date with technology news.