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Photography tips for the Outback

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With its diverse landscape, wide range of natural subjects, and incredible lighting, it’s no wonder that the Australian Outback is a must-visit destination for many photographers. However, the very 800px-Kingscanyongorgecomponents that make it such a magical subject also can make the Outback a particularly challenging location to shoot. If you’re planning to try your hand behind the lens on your next Outback adventure, you’ll want to keep the following tips in mind.

Be Prepared for Extreme Temperatures

Temperatures in Australia can dip below freezing at night and soar to over 50 degrees during summer months. This can create unique conditions that can be harsh on photographic equipment (and the photographer). Cameras can get overheated in the sun, particularly those with delicate electronic equipment. Try to avoid shooting at the hottest time of day, bring plenty of water, and seek out shade to protect equipment.

Store Equipment Properly

Aside from the heat, the most significant hazard facing your camera in the Outback is the dust. The alien red landscapes you are so keen to photograph are composed of dust, sand, and other fine particles that can get into electronics and damage them. Always wrap your camera in a cloth when you’re not using it, and put UV filters on the lenses to protect the sensitive glass. Avoid changing lenses outdoors, bringing two cameras if necessary.

Catch the Right Lighting
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Photo Dave Richards

There are few sights more beautiful than the Australian bush at sunrise, and the lighting at sunrise and sunset is also ideal for photography. This soft light illuminates the landscape, bringing out the colours of rocks and sand. Working with the light is one of the most important skills that any photographer can learn. If you’re just getting started, you might want to take a look at this list of NowLearning photography courses to help put you along the right path. This can also help you cope with the glare in Australia, which can have a serious impact on your photographs. You’ll need to learn how to adjust your equipment and shutter speed to get the lighting just right.

Handle Wildlife with Care

You’re bound to come across some of the Outback’s most famous creatures on any journey, which make prime photographic subjects. Rather than getting too up close and personal with a snake or wild pig, however, you can use a zoom lens instead. Avoid starting wildlife, moving slowly and deliberately to get the shot.

Tell a Story
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It’s tempting to photograph the panoramic desert, bush, and rainforest views that you come across in the Australian Outback, but thiscan get repetitive. Try finding a point of interest such as a specific animal, sand dune or rock to base your landscape shot around. Look for variety or images that tell a story. Animal footprints, lines in the sand, or other visitors to the Outback can all bring your photographs to life.

For amateur and professional photographers alike, the Outback is a fascinating location well worth a visit. By taking care of your equipment and being mindful of the extreme heat and lighting conditions, you can take advantage of this beautiful scenery.

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