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Photo Documenting Your Hunt:
Volume 9 Issue 4 November 2011
When it comes to camera selection there are a few options. I currently carry in the field the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 you can read my review on this camera for more info.
When looking for a point and shoot camera I suggest something that can easily fit in your pocket. I like the Tough series cameras because they can withstand anything and you don't have to baby them. On the other hand they pretty much have no zoom for longer range pictures- a feature many hunters like to take pictures of wildlife with while out hunting. Essentially any newer camera will be good, you just need to find one that has the features you want for the price you are looking for. As I suggest in the article look for a camera that is small enough to provide easy access while walking. If you have a camera you love to use please post it in the comments section for others to consider and I will add it to the recommended camera list widget.
I have a big Canon SLR camera I use for zooming in on wildlife but it is too hard to make easily accessible so I choose to use the Olympus Tough to take close shots of people, scenery, macro shots, and creative shots to document the trip.
I also always have a GoPro® HD Cameras in my pocket to not only film but take pictures. The Go-Pro has a great feature where you can set the camera to take pictures at different intervals. This is perfect if you are hunting solo and want to get some candid shots of your trip. You can set the camera somewhere like, on your pack, in your truck, on a tree, on the ground, on your hiking stick, on your bow, wherever and the camera will automatically take pictures as you go about your business hunting. You can walk away from a hunt with some great shots that way.
Another option is to carry a video camera that also has the ability to take photos. This is a great way to get still pictures as well as video of the hunt. If you go this route remember that most the time you will need to change the mode on the video camera before taking still picturse, even if you are able to take pictures from the video camera while filming. Most video cameras if taking a picture while filming store the picture as low res unless you specifically took the picture in the video camera's "still picture mode".
Filming Your Hunt Solo - Coming Soon to Western Hunter Magazine