Story and Photography by Roy Ramsay
Last issue (Spring/Summer 2015 — issue #33) I wrote about preparing for your outdoor photo shoots. While writing that, I mentioned something I would need to write about in a future column. Well, there’s no time like the present. This column is about your physical fitness. Why is physical fitness so important to a landscape, nature or wildlife photographer you ask? “I don’t need to be physically fit. I do all my shooting either from the comfort of my backyard, car or along the roadside” is a response I’m hearing more and more. In order to continue enjoying your hobby and be in the great outdoors doing it means at some point you’ll have to pay attention to the health of your body if you’re not already. Even for the “roadside” shooter, eventually your sedentary lifestyle will catch up with you and you’ll begin to find it difficult to even get out of your car for that roadside shot. Regardless of whether you’re 25 or 55, your physical health is key to a long and active life with outdoor photography.
How do we
make the jump?
Making the jump from a sedentary lifestyle to a more active one does take some care. Again, as mentioned in previous articles, please consult your health care practitioner before attempting any new physical activity. Their consult is very important in making a successful transition to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
To read more of Roy Ramsay’s column “Getting the Unique Shot” where he discusses getting out of the roadside mentality, cardio and strengthening your core to get to those harder to reach photo locations, please pick up the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of OPC today, or subscribe to never miss an issue!