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!
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?
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…
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!
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!