The ultimate guide to adventure photography Action and adventure photography tips for beginners


You don’t have to be a seasoned photographer to embark on an adventure photography mission. Even ambitious travellers can try their hand at travel photography. Thanks to new camera technology and social media platforms that connect the world, you can easily take shots when you’re out on an adventure and post it for the world to admire.

The best part of adventure photography is that you can both enjoy the thrill of the experience and capture all the shots you want. Whoever said don’t mix business with pleasure has clearly never dabbled at adventure photography. 

While experts have turned adventure photography into their careers, novice photographers have taken it up as a hobby. Either way, the goal stays the same – wow the world.

Let’s take a look at some of the best tips to start shooting better adventure photos. 


Adventure photography tips


Top 7 tips for adventure photography

1. Choose the right adventure

The adventure you choose decides what you can photograph. So if you choose a poor adventure spot, your photos probably won’t be as stunning. Would you rather be standing over a mountain pointing your camera down at the world, or photographing shells by the beach?


2. Always keep your camera on

The outside world can be full of surprises so you’re going to want to keep your camera on at all times so that you don’t miss out on any action. You won’t have to worry about your battery dying if you pack right, taking along extra batteries. When Yeti pops up at least you’ll be prepared. 


3. Use appropriate gear

 Just as you take time to plan your trip, take some time to consider the appropriate gear you should carry along. Pack protective gear and waterproof cases for your camera depending on your adventure destination. 


4. Plan ahead

Once you’ve decided on your destination, your next step is to plan your adventure to give you the best photography opportunities. You’ll want to plan your departure and trip duration so you’re in the right places when the light is just right in the golden hours.


5. Look for a unique perspective

Everyone usually posts the same adventure shots on Instagram of the roadway they take of the tribal child they meet along the way. If you want to make your photography stand out, you need to find a more unique perspective for your shots. Get low on the ground or high up in the sky- anything that can help you shoot from an uncommon perspective. 


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6. Talk to your subjects

While you’re on your adventure if you meet the residents of your destination, talk to them and take permission to shoot photos. You don’t want to hide in the bushes taking secret shots of people. Plus, if you speak to the locals, you might get inside tips on the best shoot spots. 


7. Stay safe

The outdoors isn’t really the safest place to be. Harsh weather and unsafe travel conditions can really get in the way of your task at hand. Make sure you have dressed appropriately for the weather and that you carry a first aid kit in case of a medical emergency. Don’t forget to adhere to safety signs and use your best judgement at all times. The perfect shot isn’t worth risking your safety.


Adventure photography can be super exciting for those interested in exploring the great outdoors. Like any other photography form, it takes time to master adventure photography. So don’t give up on your first try. There’s an entire world out there with snowy mountains, volcanos, rainforests, coral reefs and more, and you choose to shoot graffiti on the Tube?


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