Going on a hike presents the perfect opportunity to take photos of scenery and people. Use these tips from the Canon Imaging Academy to improve your shots.
1. Avoid Direct Sunlight If you’re shooting people, harsh sunlight will make them squint and create hard shadows. Shoot in the shade so that your subject’s natural features will be presented. The exposure will also be more balanced.
2. Use a Polarising Filter If you are shooting a landscape with reflections, such as a lake or reservoir, use a polarising filter. It helps to remove unnecessary glare and enhances the colour of the sky.
3. Shoot During the Golden Hours The best time to take photos is during the first hour after the sun comes up, or in the hour before it goes down. This is when lighting is soft and shadows are natural.
4. Use a Tripod If you wish to capture motion, a slower shutter speed is often required. Use a tripod as the images will turn out blurred if your hands shake even the slightest bit. A small and lightweight tripod will suffice if your camera isn’t too heavy.
5. Use the Right Aperture Value Depth of field refers to how much the subject is in focus. For a wide landscape image, using a smaller aperture value will ensure that everything will be sharp in focus. Likewise, if you wish to focus on just one particular subject, such as a flower, using a large aperture value will make your main subject stand out.
Cameras to consider:
The Canon Powershot G9X Mark II is compact and lightweight, and it provides good image quality due to the one-inch sensor.
The Canon EOS M10 allows you to change lenses easily and maintains a compact size during hiking. Combined with the 15-45mm lens, you can take beautiful wide-angle landscape photos.