Outdoor Photography

Outdoor Photography is very demanding, especially if you are working in extreme situations. When you take pictures of extreme sports such as rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, or basejumping the work environment is particularly demanding on the photographer. Only if the photographer is able to master these tasks himself, you are ready to accept these kind of jobs. One of the main aspects of this type of photography is the weight of the equipment. You will feel the difference of ten or more pounds of equipment. This is especially true in high alpine areas where the physical requirements are naturally high. Thus, one should think twice what equipment you should carry with you. The objective question is often a vexed issue ... What lenses you should take?
There are mostly two types of lenses in use; An extreme wide angle of 10mm is ideal when only a little space as at a rock face is available. Here an extreme wide angle is very helpful in order to cover as much of the motif and the activity. The second lens, a zoom lens between 24 - 70mm or 18-200mm should be. These zoom lenses allow a wide spektum of focal lengths and are very well used. The secondary camera makes sense to have especially in rough terrain like cliffs because changing a lens in these situations are quite dangerous for the photographer and the also the risk of damaging the equipment is very high. Especially when you are climbing in difficult terrain all pieces of your equipment should be secured. You should only go into terrain you are familiar with and you are able to move safely. You also need some security equipment when you do this type of photography for example a harness, carabiners, safety ropes, a helmet, etc. This is the only way to secure yourself during the job. A certain degree of physical fitness and stamina is also a basic requirement when shooting in extreme situations.

Tips for Outdoor Photography:

  • Safety first!
  • Train yourself for your upcoming outdoor job
  • Secure all free parts of the equipment to the body
  • Try to have as little equipment as necessary
  • Use special backpacks and holsters for the equipment
  • Protect the equipment from weather