Announcing Our New Book on Hiking Photography!

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Holy cow, do we have some exciting news! We have published another book, and this one is about a subject near and dear to our hearts—Hiking Photography!!!

To give you a preview of what you can expect, we made a fun, little promo video.

Go on. Give it a look. You won’t regret it!

Those of you who have been around for a while now may remember that we teamed up with Sandiburg Press last year to publish a trail guide for the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier.

Well, the friendly folks at Sandiburg contacted us last May just before we left on our summer travels to ask if we might be interested in teaming up again to publish another book—only this time it would be about how to take great photographs out on the trail and would feature the images we have taken while hiking all over the world.

A book about hiking photography?
Seriously, people.
Did we really have a choice?

So, of course, we said yes, and we headed out on our 2016 summer backpacking extravaganza with an outline of all the photography topics we would need to cover in the book. On the long drive out to California and out on the trail, we chatted constantly about all of the challenges that come along with this addictive little hobby of ours. There’s really a lot that goes into a good trail shot if you take the time to stop and think about it…

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All summer long, we were obsessed. It was hiking and photography and hiking photography 24/7. We talked shop on rest stops along the trail into Colorado’s Chicago Basin and during our nights in the backcountry camps of California’s High Sierras on the John Muir Trail. Practically every moment of every day was an opportunity to explore our passion and dig deeper into our craft.


It was second verse same as the first while we were backpacking Mount Rainier’s Northern Loop and the Olympic Peninsula’s Seven Lakes Basin in August. On and on, it went:

What is the best gear to bring on the trail?
How do we keep our cameras protected, accessible, and charged while we are hiking?
How do we deal with less-than-ideal lighting conditions?

What techniques do we use to compose quality photographs out in the field?
How do we deal with the thousands of photos we take once we get back home?
How do we enhance our photographs to look their best?

Now, we’re not ones who normally like to mix work and play, but it wasn’t all bad. Getting lost in an intense conversation about camera gear is one way to make some of those long miles on the JMT fly right by!

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All summer long, we took copious field notes on all the camera gear we love, the techniques we use, and on all the tips and tricks that we have picked up over the years that help insure we come home from a hiking trip with photographs that make us almost as happy to look at as actually being there in person.

Throughout the fall, we poured our little hearts into this project, taking all of our knowledge and putting it into practical, easy-to-digest photography lessons that can benefit any hiker who wants to become a better photographer and any photographer who wants to hit the trail and explore our natural world with their camera in hand.

Last but not least came the fun task of selecting the perfect trail photos to illustrate our concepts and ideas. With hundreds of thousands of images to sort through, that process almost made hiking the 211-mile John Muir Trail seem easy!

So, without further ado, we are so excited to announce that this labor of love is finally published and available for purchase through Sandiburg Press and Amazon. It is available both as a paperback and as a handy digital book that you can take with you out on the trail.

Still considering? Why not watch that fun video one more time? It was a lot to take in the first time, and it only gets better with age!

We know that you are probably busy wondering how Cartoon Matt suddenly got all those curly locks, but, once you are finished, be sure to head on over to Sandiburg Press or Amazon to order your copy today. Seriously, there’s no time to waste. Hiking season is just around the corner, and Plan & Go | Hiking Photography is your ticket to taking all those stunning trail photographs you have always wanted!

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32 thoughts on “Announcing Our New Book on Hiking Photography!

  1. Ordered my copy yesterday! It’ll be here Tuesday……yay! I so enjoy your photographs and wish to improve mine.

    1. Hi, Claudia. There are a couple of links to both Sandiburg Press and Amazon toward the bottom of the post. Click on either one of those, and they will take you directly to webpages where you can order a copy. Thanks for your interest!

  2. So excited for this! Just ordered our copy from Amazon! Just in time for the spring and summer hiking season!

  3. WOW!! So exciting! Congratulations– can’t think of two better people to write a book like this. Ordering my copy tonight. Look forward to diving in when it arrives!

    1. Thank you, Ellen! I hope that all is well with you and Gary. I remember my visit with you two in your beautiful home outside of Telluride so fondly. All the best to you both!

  4. Just downloaded your book to my iPad — Looks fantastic, congrats! And to think we first met because I asked you for advice on how to keep camera batteries from freezing on Kilimanjaro summit night 🙂

    1. Thanks for buying our book, Erika! Glad to hear it looks good on the iPad. We love how we met you two and hope that we will be able to go hiking together with you guys again sometime soon!

    1. Thank you, Monica! We definitely feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to do this very cool project. We hope hikers who are hoping to take better photographs will like it, but it’s perfect for anyone who is into nature photography. Cheers!

    1. Thank you! We would love to go trekking in Japan. We hear you have a lot of beautiful trails. We will definitely get in touch when we finally make it there! In the meantime, happy trails to you!

  5. I’ll have to check it out. I’ve been thinking about making an ebook someday. I’m not sure where to start though. Any advice. Writing isn’t the issue just finding a topic that not only holds my interest but I can speak with some authority on.

    1. Writing a book is difficult even when you know the topic really well. We are really passionate about hiking and photography, but there were many times that we wanted to pull our hair out when we working on this project. You are right to want to find the perfect topic. Don’t start until you have one. Good luck to you!

  6. Just ordered this book. I have spent the last couple days immersed in your travels, and really cannot wait to see this book. A decade and a half ago I gave up lugging my massive DSLR and bag of lenses around on walks. Converting to micro4/3 a few years ago reinvigorated my outdoor photography. You have hit several of my wife’s and my favorite places in Washington, Colorado and Utah and places we still dream to go…Iceland, Peru, and California. Have fun this coming summer season.

    1. Thank you so much, Randy. The mirrorless camera is a total game changer for hiking photography. We are most likely going to get a second one and ditch the DSLR altogether for this summer’s adventure on the Colorado Trail. We hope you find the information in the book useful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us. Cheers!

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