Important safety reminders when going on a nature shoot
I’m Jim Feldkamp and I’ve been on enough nature shoots to know that as beautiful as the world is, it still possesses some inherent dangers. Maybe it was the excitement of the adventure ahead, but many of the people I know who’ve had accidents while hiking in nature didn’t prepare well enough for the trip.
As a nature photographer, I found out rather early on just how treacherous the great outdoors can be for a novice hiking alone, with very little preparation. I remember like it was yesterday when I failed to check the weather report and was stuck in a forest, trying to keep my gear as dry as possible. After that day, I always made sure I had all the bases covered. And you should, too.
Here are some tips I learned along the way, that may be able to help you on your next nature hike.
Know the weather conditions of the day/week.
As I mentioned earlier, I was a victim of bad weather. Aside from my gear almost getting ruined, I was stranded in a place that was unfamiliar to me. All of this could’ve been avoided of course, had I not been so oblivious to the news. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, it would be a good idea to postpone the trip. Remember, safety should be your top priority.
Research on wildlife in the area.
Some of the most terrifying stories I’ve heard from fellow nature photographers had to do with coming face-to-face with the apex predators in the area. Never forget that we share the world with some mighty fierce creatures. Research on wildlife. Know if there are any predators such as bears, wolves, mountain lions, or any other native creatures that may pose a threat to your safety.
Tell people where you’re headed.
Let those close to you know about your plans and when you’re scheduled to be back. That way, if anything out of the ordinary happens, and you find yourself stranded, people will come looking for you.
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