Top Tips for Outdoor Photography
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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.
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!
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.