People sometimes ask me for photography advice, with long detailed questions about what equipment to use, and requests for tips on exposure, focal length and aperture size. After reassuring them size isn’t that important, and to try not to leave it exposed for too long, I advise them as best I can by drawing on all my experience as an enthusiastic point-and-click man.
I’ve answered the question a few times now, and in doing so have managed to distil my advice into just 5 easy steps. I thought it would be nice to share them for the benefit of anyone else who is thinking of asking me.
So here are my 5 steps to taking better mountain snaps:
- Buy a half-decent camera
- Go somewhere with a nice view and point-and-click the camera several times
- When you get home, view the photos on your computer, tablet or other gadget, and delete the ones which are crap
- Take another look at them and delete the ones that still look a bit crap
- Hopefully there will be a few decent ones left. Upload them to your favourite photo-sharing website
And there we have it. Simple.
I hope you found the advice useful, and if you have – blimey. If you were hoping for something a bit more detailed then you’ve probably deduced I’m not the best person to ask. There are lots of great mountain photography blogs out there though.
The great mountain explorers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman once boasted they could plan an expedition on the back of an envelope. If this post proves popular I’m considering it as the first in a series of back-of-an-envelope blog posts.
The trouble is, for most of us these days envelopes are as useful as a trekking pole with wheels, so it’s not as easy as it was in Shipton and Tilman’s day. I propose therefore to call it the back-of-a-beermat blog posts series. After all, drinking beer is one of the few activities that isn’t yet quite so convenient to do electronically.
Other posts I’m considering for this series include how to train for high mountains and how to finance your expedition. If you’re bored, look out for them.