#1 Protect Yourself

Photographing nature often involves various type of risk. As many safety training classes teach, you need to be able to assess the risk factors and minimize them. The more risk factors present at one time, the more likely it is that an accident (or “incident”) will occur. An accident in nature could range from getting a bad sunburn, to slipping down a hill and scratching yourself with a tree branch, to being struck by lightning. Anything’s possible out there. The smart nature photographer doesn’t take unnecessary risks to get the shot. Assess your priorities, evaluate the situation, and make clear decisions about your safety.

Following are a few tips for taking care of yourself in nature:

  • Bring a light. Nature photographers often hike over uneven terrain in the predawn hours or after sunset. A flashlight is an essential piece of gear for the nature photographer; a headlamp allows you to keep your hands free. I am giving you link to buy any kind of torch light of your choice.


  • Put on sunscreen. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re out shooting; a couple of hours in the sun (even under cloud cover) and you can get cooked. In India, temperature raises to 40-45 degree centigrade in summer which can cause you sunburn.


  • Seek shelter in bad weather. Lightning and flash floods are common in the wilderness, especially in desert and alpine environments.


  • Watch your step. It’s easy to become fixated on a part of the scene you’re interested in photographing and charge forward without looking where you’re walking. This is a recipe for a twisted ankle or worse.


  • Don’t climb up what you can’t climb down, and vice versa. This rule especially applies when you’re carrying a heavy backpack.


  • Keep your distance from wildlife, especially large mammals like tiger, lion etc.


  • Tell someone where you’re going. When possible, hike with a buddy or in a group, but when you want to get out into the wild yourself, someone needs to know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.


  • Carry a locator beacon. Don’t rely on your cell phone GPS. It does not work on every area especially when there’s no network.  In recent years many new systems have come into the market that help people find you should you need to be rescued.


  • Wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Don’t wear jeans or full shirts in summer. Shorts, t-shirts are more than enough.


  • Bring water. At least carry 2 litre water bottle with you if you’re going for 5-6 hours. You need to stay hydrated especially in hot areas.

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