Saturday, January 22, 2011

Before Heading Out With Your Cameras....

One of my goals for 2011 is to provide more helpful info and techniques for my readers. And not just from my own personal experiences, but from other experts in other relevant fields as well. Which is why I'm delighted today to introduce my Guest Blogger and good friend Tracy to share her top six things to remember when you're out there hoofing it around town or hiking to your locations for a shoot. I know I needed to hear these too, my wish is that you find them super helpful as well!

Thank you so much to Christine for inviting me to do a guest post for all of her photog friends! I am so happy to be sharing with you :)
Over at my blog, Commit To Fit, I try to share tips with readers to help them live a healthy and balanced life. As photographers, I know you spend hours a week hiking the great outdoors in search of the perfect shot. You may not even realize it, but this is a fabulous way to stay active. Walking and hiking help boost your energy levels, burn calories, and strengthen your heart.
Today, I would like to offer a few tips to help you stay safe and get the most out of your weekly trek.

1.Dress Appropriately - In the winter, it is best to dress is layers. Wear several layers of light clothing, so you will be able to adjust if you get too hot or too cold. Style is not important here, comfort is.

2.Balance Your Gear - If you are carrying a lot of equipment with you, use a gym bag with thick shoulder pads to protect your back. Make sure that it goes over both shoulders to evenly distribute the weight.

3.Wear the Right Shoe - Invest in a good pair of outdoor hiking shoes or boots if you are going to be exploring uneven ground. For flat surfaces, a solid walking shoe will get the job done. Try on several different brands to see which one fits you the best and feels the most comfortable. Just make sure you wear several pairs of socks to keep you toes toasty.
(readers will note, the kit bag being carried here in the image to the right is not being carried properly as suggested in tip #2)

4.Warm Up and Cool Down- Although you will most likely be walking in intervals (hiking for a few minutes, then stopping for your pictures), this is still a very important step. Walk at a moderate pace for about 5 minutes at the beginning of your adventure and include some light stretching at the end. You body will thank you for it.

 5.Log Your Route - If you are shooting alone, tell a close friend or family member where you are going and for how long. It is always a good idea to have a cell phone and money with you, in case of an emergency

6.Stay Hydrated - Don't forget your water bottle and make sure to sip before, during and after your route. Drinking water will help replenish your fluids, relieve fatigue and keep your joints lubricated.

Now, hit the streets and the trails and have fun!

Stay Healthy,

There you have it folks, I hope there was something here for each of you, I know I'm guilty of slacking off in a couple of the above areas myself. And I hope that if you found this post by Tracy at Commit to Fit  informative and fun, that you'll check out her blog for more posts that will help you stay active and safe no matter what your interests are! I follow her blog, and I know it's helped me be a healthier, more energetic photographer!

Thanks Tracy! I appreciate you spending some time with us!
And to all of you who let me ramble... have a good one! Get out there and get shooting!


  1. This is a great checklist. Dunno if it would work for Tracy, but I would add at the end of the list, for the end of the day a-Summer: cold beer waiting, b-Winter: glass of red wine waiting!

  2. It was my pleasure, Christine. I hope I can contribute again and that your readers find the tips helpful. PS. I do enjoy a nice glass of wine every once in a while :)

  3. Thanks Bob, glad you enjoyed this one! I myself would settle for a piping hot chocolate, it's been -21 weather here in Southern Ontario!

    I'll definitely have you back Tracy... this has been so much fun.