There’s nothing quite like being outdoors, but there’s also nothing quite as special as a great shot of nature you so love, to remind you of the experiences you’ve lived. If you’re a lover of photography and a lover of the outdoors, find out how you can capture nature in a responsible way.

Being a Responsible Nature Photographer

If you’re one of those people who never leaves the house without a camera and you appreciate the purity of nature, we have some steps for you to learn how you can shoot outdoors without causing disruption to the environment.

Being a Responsible Nature Photographer

Respect Off-Limit Areas

Off-limits signs are there for a reason. They could be there to safeguard fragile plants or animals, or to keep you safe from dangerous terrain. Regardless of the why, not breaking the rules is the first step to becoming a responsible nature photographer.

Be Mindful of Where You Step Foot

Pay attention to your surroundings and the ground you’re walking on. On one side, this will help you prevent falls and stay safe, and on the other side, paying close attention helps you minimize the damage or disturbances you could cause to the area.

Refrain From Taking “Souvenirs”

If you didn’t bring it with you, you don’t need to take it with you. Nature is beautiful and you might be tempted to take items as simple as rocks, or even prohibited items like plants or animals, home with you. Doing so will not only corrupt the area for the next visitors, it could get you in trouble with the law.

Keep Distance from Wildlife

Always remember, you are a guest in the habitat of many different types of animals. Avoid feeding them, disrupting their homes, throwing stuff or whistling to get their attention. Keep in mind there might be several of those animals that are protected by law, and in the case of marine mammals such as whales and seals, we are all required to keep a distance of 100 yards, minimum.

Responsible PhotographyDon’t Leave Stuff Behind

Pack your trash and any other items you might be carrying, and take them with you. This includes toilet paper and even organic, biodegradable items like fruit cores and food trash. Also, if you find any more trash laying around, it’s not a bad idea to pick it up and take it with you. After all, it’s up to all of us to take care of nature.

Go Green with Your Photo Processing

You can clean up your photo processing practices and turn to items like rechargeable batteries and solar-power battery chargers for your cell phone and other devices. Minimizing the number of photos you print also helps out the environment as you’d be saving electricity and paper.


Becoming a responsible nature photographer doesn’t have to be hard. By following these tips, next time you come to Mile Hi Rafting for your favorite outdoor adventures, you’ll know just how to capture the best shots while protecting the environment.

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