One of the incredible things about hiking is the wildlife that you might see along the way. Because you never know what you might see, it is an excellent idea to bring a good quality camera with you on every hike so you never miss a great shot.
There are many options for cameras that range from an inexpensive pocket camera to a professional camera with removable lenses. Choose a camera that suits your needs and your level of experience.
There is a large selection of digital cameras on the market that are portable and still take great shots. The advantage of a digital camera is that you can take many shots without worrying about using up your film. They also photograph quickly and will automatically adjust for light and distance. Get to know your digital camera before you take it on a hike. Know where the zoom is and how to change the light and zoom settings.
Many cameras offer a “macro” option that focuses on objects at close range. This is a great function to use when shooting flowers, insects or other objects extremely close up. Play around with the function and take shots with it on or off to see which you prefer.
There are also setting for shooting in low light on most cameras. This is a great function to use around dusk, but often it will only work well with the camera on a tripod. If you find yourself needing this function on a hike, try using a tree stump or balancing your camera on your backpack for a steady shot.
When hiking with your camera, always take the necessary accessories. Buy a good waterproof case for you camera that seals securely. This is an investment that will save you money in the long run. Also pack a spare memory card as a back up. This will allow you to catch every memorable moment on your hike.