The best equipment for outdoor photography in 2013

Those who love adventures in the great outdoors, hiking up mountains or biking through forests, see some amazing sights that are begging to be captured on film.

Nature-lovers and extreme sports fanatics often make fantastic photographers, as they are willing to explore those locations where few have visited before.

Whether you would love a memento of your ventures, want to share spectacular sights with others, or simply love photography, it’s a great idea to take a camera with you when heading outdoors.


Unless your exploration is restricted to the local park, it will be a great idea to invest in specialised equipment that will be able to survive the trials and tribulations of your outdoor adventures.

You wouldn’t head up a mountain without a sturdy pair of boots, and the same logic applies to your camera, especially if you want the ability to capture amazing shots without having to worry about damaging your equipment.

A great option for beginners is the Pentax WG-10 Digital Camera, an affordable introduction to the world of outdoor cameras. Boasting 14 megapixels, flash functionality and one-centimetre macro close-ups, it will allow you to take high-quality photographs perfect for framing.

There’s no need to worry about it when you’re on the move either – it’s crush-proof up to 100 kilograms, waterproof to ten metres, as well as shock and freeze-proof. You can therefore confidently take snaps in a stream or while in a rocky environment.

However, a superior choice for the more advanced photographer, or thrill-seekers requiring a more versatile camera, is the GoPro HD HERO 2 outdoor Edition, which has received rave reviews from customers.

This tough piece of equipment has a 170-degree field of view, HD recording functionality, a stereo mic socket and comes packed with a variety of mounts, meaning it’s perfect for filming the action as you bike, canoe or go on any other outdoor adventure.

Whichever outdoor camera you select, remember that you need to take two sets of specifications into consideration: balance the versatility and robustness of the kit when it comes to different environments, against the photography features that will impact the quality of your shots.

Taking the best shots

So you have a top piece of equipment fit for the job in your rucksack – now you just need to know how to use it to its full potential. The most important thing here is to be creative. Your camera can cope with almost any environment, so don’t be afraid to try new perspectives.

Get down low by a stream or up-close to a waterfall to create an interesting picture, mount your camera on a nearby rock to capture an image of you bravely abseiling down a cliff face, or simply get up high and take fantastic photos of the view – no matter what the weather.

Why not aim to create an inspiring photobook of you conquering different trials, such as the National Three Peaks Challenge or the Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge, or even seek to build a collection of prints showing the best waterfalls in Britain?

This article was posted on behalf of Jessops, a retailer specialising in cameras and other photography equipment.

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