Outdoor photography can be a fun way to explore new surroundings and take some unique photos. Rather than taking the same old photos of your city or town that everyone else has, you can get some real shots of nature.
The good news is that’s it’s really not that difficult to do so. Nearly anyone can snap awesome outdoor photographs if they know what they’re doing. With just a few pieces of equipment and some trusty apps, you can head out into the wilderness and explore your photographic creativity with excitement.
Prepare for the Conditions
The first thing you need to do is know what you want to shoot so you know what to prepare for. If you want to take photos of the stars, you need to make sure you do so on a clear night. If you want a pic of birds, then it’d probably be best if it wasn’t raining.
Weather Live Free, from Apalon Apps for Android, offers the answers you will need before you gather your equipment and head out. This app tracks the weather in real-time, giving you a glimpse of the upcoming weather in the next few hours all the way to seven days out.
It also give you an at-a-glance look at the humidity, dewpoint, participation and most any other important piece of information you will need on your photographic journey.
Find the Right Location
Scouting a good location to take photographs can be tricky, but there are apps out there that can help you. US Topo Maps is a free app that downloads topographical maps to your Android devices. This way, you scout the location from your home and then take the map with you.
This app provides all of the necessary information you will need to head out into the wilderness. Not only can you read the terrain of your location, but you can create waypoints to mark your journey, get route navigation, record your walking speed and distance and share this data with others. You will know all you need to know before you even leave your home, so you know what type of terrain to prepare for and how hard the journey will be.
Take Your Best Shot
Outdoor photography can be tricky: there’s constantly shifting light from clouds and tree cover and the movement of the sun or moon can cause a great photo to be poor just moments later. Photo Tools is a bundled set of tools that can help you find the best light and distance conditions.
This app comes with an exposure calculator, light meter, color wheel, flash exposure calculator and more to help you get the perfect shot. This app is a little advanced, so prior photography experience will help. Once you understand the tools included, though, the possibilities are endless for your photos, whether taken day or night, in the sun or in the rain.
Outdoor photography offers a chance to showcase new material. Use these apps to help you get the most out of your photos.
This is a guest post written by Cheryl Dickson. Cheryl is an events photographer, most often out shooting weddings but also doing family, engagement and graduation sessions.