Tips for Doing Photo or Video Shoots on Hiking Trips

Hikers know the fun of doing different shoots during longer trips, be it for charity or personal projects. When every bit of weight counts, you have to choose your video or photo gear smartly. If you are travelling with your toddler, you need a baby carrier backpack that is simple and hassle-free to put on. “Mile… Mile and a Half” is an amazing documentary about hiking. The movie tracks the experiences of a group of artists who have backpacked for several weeks along the John Muir Trail, and created various forms of multimedia, in addition to hiking many miles and being away from civilization. If you plan to do a shoot on your hiking trip, you can easily find it online on iTunes or Netflix. Here are some tricks and tips for making your photo or video capture easier and more convenient.

Tips for Doing Photo or Video Shoots on Hiking Trips

Light Kit

DSLRs are compact and provide a fantastic image quality. They don’t weigh much or occupy much space either. The type of your camera will vary depending on your plan to shoot wildlife videos, astrophotography or landscape stills.

The Canon 60D is light, small and has a flip out LCD screen, which makes it a smart choice for video. You can go for a 7D or 5D that has more advanced features and megapixels for still image capture. The Panasonic GH3 or GH4 takes great pictures. They are also noticeably lighter and have smaller lenses.

Versatile Lens

Stopping while hiking to take off your backpack, find a lens, switch them and get the shot then packing up your bag to begin hiking again takes too long and is a hassle, especially if you have your child with you. But if you have a versatile lens prepared, you won’t have to deal with such issues.

When you are out in the field being versatile and fast is crucial to getting good shots. If you are restricted by the focal length of a prime lens, it is likely that you will not have room to put yourself in the position that you need to be. It is best to have a mid-range zoom lens that is f/2.8 through the whole range because it allows you to take good shots of the scenery and also punch in to get closer detailed shots. You may also use a wide prime lens in some cases.

 Good Audio

Two good devices to use for audio are the Zoom HI with a small microphone, or the Rode VideoMic Pro. They both have their positive and negative qualities.

In quiet outdoor settings, the Rode will provide you with unstable sounds of people and nature, but only when the camera is rolling. The zoom will allow you to get closer to record different actions independently and it is excellent for the sounds of things such as animal calls and waterfalls. Using either of these two devices will hugely enhance the quality of your film or production. It is time to keep your best hiking memories in videos and photographs.

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