"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art." — Ansel Adams
If you follow me on Walk Simply you know I love sharing my outdoor adventures through photos and if you ever hike with me, I'll be the slow one in the back of the pack, because I'm stopping often to capture what I see. Besides my love for exploring our world on foot I passionately want to share, through my writing and through my camera lens, what I've experienced and enjoyed on my adventures.
Share Experiences through Photos
Documenting adventures with photos helps extend the outdoor experience. Taking photos are my way of reliving the challenge of a hiking trail, the chaos of a camping trip, or the serenity of a walk on the beach. Photos tell a story about who, what, when, where, and why? They are a visual reminder that triggers my memories from that day and who better to share those awesome times with than you?
One of my goals is to inspire others to go outdoors and one way to do that is to creatively document people spending time in nature: hiking, exploring, and just enjoying life. I want you to say, "Hey, they did that and I can do that too." And after being inspired you may put it on your to do list to go hike that hike or see that waterfall for yourself.
Photographs are important for many reasons:
- Photos serve as visual reminders of your outdoor adventures
- Photos are a piece of historical documentation — they can be used alone or collectively in books, databases, and other projects to capture a period of time. That snapshot is your perspective of those few seconds in history.
- Photos are a teaching tool — Document, share, and study nature, landscape, wildlife and location photos.
- Photos promote lifestyle awareness - Photos depicting adventures outdoors can show endless possibilities and encourage exploration by others.
- Photos provide inspiration to you and to others
- Photos provoke emotions — Beautiful landscapes may put a smile on our face and give us a sense of peace. On the other hand, take a photo of a defaced natural landmark to convey your anger to inspire and encourage conservation and change.
- Photos are art
You too can take creative photos to share
Listen, you don't need to be a professional or have the most expensive equipment to take photographs that make an impact. Take your camera with you everywhere you go. Study the photos of lifestyle, nature, and landscape photographers that you admire. Like any other creative art you just need to study up a bit and practice, practice, practice.
A few photography tips everyone can use:
- Learn the rule of thirds to instantly enhance your photos
- Focus on your subject and remove photo background clutter (objects that take away from the story you're telling) if not needed in the photo
- Shoot as the sun rises and during golden hour (before sunset)
- Take candid photos of your subjects in action
- Take a series of photos to show the beginning, middle, and end of your experience.
- Get on the ground and shoot looking up.
- Shoot looking down.
- Get creative and think outside the box
- Don't follow rules and just have fun!
There are many ways to share your adventure after it ends. Along with other mediums, photos are a fantastic way to save a moment in time that you don't want to forget and they allow you to share, teach, and instill your passion for experiencing life.