4 Photography Tips for the Adventurer

By Jenny Williams, Girls Who Hike Tennessee Ambassador

Hello ladies! I’m Jenny Williams- Girls Who Hike TN Ambassador. When I’m not out adventuring with my husband, Nate, and our 3 kids, I have a photography business called The Whimsy Willow. I shoot with the Canon 5d Mark iii with a 35mm lens, and I also love my GoPro Hero 5 Black. Here are my 4 tips for getting that Instagram worthy photo while out exploring this beautiful earth!


Really great light can take a good photo to the next level. When you’re looking for the perfect angle for your shot, move around to see where the light is and how it hits the lens of the camera you’re using. Once you start making it a habit to look for the light, you’ll find yourself paying attention to lighting ALL THE TIME, haha. 

When you think of light, you might initially think about the sun. Also, think about other sources of light- like campfires or fireworks- and how you might use the light from these sources to illuminate your subject. 


Don’t get me wrong, I love a good selfie. But, I also LOVE a good action shot! Sometimes, I can be quick enough with my shutter button to capture an action shot in manual mode with good sharpness. The GoPro, along with a lot of other cameras, has a “burst” mode that will take 30 images in a second. This can really help you to get the perfect shot.


Many of you are like me and are obsessed with waterfalls! If that’s you, you definitely want to learn how to do long exposure on your camera. Here are some tips for getting it right:
- Use a tripod! Without one, you’ll have a blurry image. 
- Use a timer or remote shutter release. Even pushing the shutter button with your finger will cause too much movement.
- Set your ISO as low as it will go (usually 100)
- Close your aperture, which would be the highest number. For example, f22. 
- Then, set your shutter speed as slow as you can without over exposing the image. 

Another fun use of long exposure that I love is photographing campfires. It’s always fun to experiment. My kids love the color packets you can order from Amazon to throw in the fire and give it a rainbow effect. 


Double exposure is something fun to play around with. Some cameras can do in camera double exposure. See what your camera can do and start experimenting! 


Hope these tips are helpful, have fun shooting out there!

Jenny is the Ambassador for our Tennessee chapter. You can join her local meetups and discussions through the Tennessee chapter by clicking here.

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