Top Tips for Outdoor Photography

November 18, 2010 | Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques | 13 Comments | |
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4. When shooting video, keeping a wide-angle lens will let you appreciate the scale and grandeur of your surroundings, when you're reviewing them later.

That's not to say you shouldn't zoom sporadically.

5. If you're outside in an open (or cavernous) space put a bit of fur over the mics on the camera - this will help cut through the wind noise echoes.

When doing this you have to make sure your hand isn't over the mic too, otherwise it'll be back to the Chaplin era when watching your movies.

6. The truth is when you really should film is when you least feel like it, for example you could be too cold, when it's too dangerous, or you can't be bothered because you're all exhausted.

Remember it only takes a few seconds to turn a camera on and the results can be priceless.

Top Tips for Outdoor Photography

7. Make sure you are recording when you think you are - double check especially if you've been out a while, as it's likely that the elements, fatigue and hunger will be having an impact on your judgement. You'll only be kicking yourself afterwards if you miss that moment you've walked/climbed all that way for.

8. If you're doing something really exciting, think of ways to capture that excitement - exactly how you remember it happening: helmet cams are good for gnarly activity - and afterwards they let you see the bits you missed while your eyes were closed!

Top Tips for Outdoor Photography

Alastair is the technology advisor to Team Samsung, climbers Nick Bullock, Matt Helliker and Pete Benson, who have headed out to Nepal in an attempt to be the first to reach the summit of Annapurna III via the eastern ridge. See how the team have used his advise to capture some great shots of the Himalayas on their blog here:

About Alastair Lee

Filmmaker and climber Alastair Lee has spent the past 15 years pursuing rocks and mountains around the world. His genuine passion for the mountain environment is best expressed through his superb photography and innovative film work - the later picking up 36 international awards. Alastair has also written and published two climbing guide-books and four photographic books.

About Posing Productions

Posing Productions is a specialist film production company consisting of a dynamic team of climbing creatives. Focusing on breaking free from the cliched and predictable storytelling narrative it portrays the subjects of its films in an unusual and adventurous space. The company was set up by Alastair Lee.

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#1 George Garvin

Great advice for novice photogs and stunning examples. One day my wife and I hope to leave the sweltering, flat confines of Houston and adventure in such awe-inspiring landscapes!

10:56 pm - Thursday, November 18, 2010

#2 Adrian Spencer

Good advice - especially about working with the light. Sit in the same spot for an hour at sundown and it is 100 different photos.

11:15 am - Friday, November 19, 2010

#3 photo painting

Very nice indeed..would love great as a photo painting . You can contact me if interested in a collaboration with painting artists for your clients’ photos…

12:51 pm - Friday, November 19, 2010

#4 Vikas Sandhu

In the opening paragraph, do you mean “ may want to record your time outdoors for POSTERITY”?

1:08 pm - Friday, November 19, 2010

#5 Niels

Thank you for good advise especialy when working in remote areas.

12:39 pm - Sunday, November 21, 2010

#6 Aberdeen Photographer

Thanks for the advice. Your examples are good as well!

2:43 pm - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

#7 Scott W

Good advise.  There is nothing worse than having your camera die, resulting in you missing a perfect shot.

4:34 am - Thursday, April 21, 2011

#8 Sourav Chakraborty

Great tips, Lee!

9:42 am - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#9 Portrait Photography Denver

Nice collection of stunning pics.beautiful aspects of natural beauty captured by the photographers .Appreciable effort done !! Waiting for more collections…hope i’ll get soon

12:59 pm - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

#10 Pat Sharp

Thanks for the advise, very helpful.

1:33 pm - Saturday, August 11, 2012

#11 Don blankenship

Photography is one of the arts that help you to freeze the moment to see it and get the most ideas out from it. Conceptual photographic or the photos that include special meaning behind the scene of the real objects in the photo lets you get inspired and fuel your creativity with the ability to see the creative idea.
<a >Don Blankenship</a>

11:13 am - Friday, October 19, 2012

#12 OP

Just found these stunning outdoor shots and photo @

6:16 pm - Friday, June 7, 2013

#13 Clipping Path

Some good basic tips.Thanks for sharing it.

5:11 pm - Friday, November 6, 2015