be prepared for any weather at any time of year. Although uncommon, there’s been rain in December and snow in August. Always have a few layers of clothing and something to keep you warm and dry. Also be sure to carry Bear Spray and a headlamp for extra precaution on hikes in and out of your location.
let someone know where you’re going, especially if you’re going alone.
make sure you plan ahead and get to your location with plenty of time to set up for your shot. There is nothing worse than showing up at the last minute and trying to set up your gear and compose a good photo when the light is already at its best.
make photos of unlawful activities. Your Instagram fame is not more important than the rules of our parks.
approach wildlife. They can be very unpredictable and with continued close contact with humans, we are endangering their lives. There are places in town that rent great gear so you can get amazing photos of wildlife from a safe distance.
make new trails in sensitive areas or rearrange natural elements to create your ideal photograph. Nature is beautiful the way it is, and it’s our job to document, not to alter.
Take a moment and step away from your camera, take a deep breath of fresh mountain air and appreciate your surroundings. It’s just as important to be present in the moment, as it is to capture it!