Here are 12 ways that you can personally save the environment and ensure that future generations will have the same photographic opportunities that we have.
- Tread Lightly
Be gentle on your surroundings with as little impact as possible. The environment will help reclaim itself, but not if you keep beating it down.
- No Trailblazing
If you’re outdoors where trails are available, don’t make your own. If everybody with a camera left the trail, the impact would be massive.
- Don’t Alter the Scene
Staging a shot by moving or removing parts of the environment is a big no-no. Either make the shot work, or find a different scene.
- No Souvenirs
If everybody took something back with them every time they went out to photograph, there’d be nothing left to photograph. Get your souvenirs in your camera.
- Keep Your Distance
When it comes to wildlife, stay far enough away to keep your presence unknown. Disturbing animals can have severe effects on the local ecosystem.
- Pack It In — Pack It Out
It’s fine to bring waste-producing items with you on a photo outing, but don’t leave it out there. If you had the room to bring it, you have the room to take it away.
- Clean Up After Others
Packing out our own trash is good, but packing out the trash others left behind is great! Make the next photographer’s experience a better one.
- Carry a 1-Gallon Bag
Not only can this handy item protect your camera in wet weather, but it’s also a great trash receptacle.
- Document the Beautiful
Capture things that amaze us. Let everybody know just how beautiful that place can be.
- Document the Ugly
Capture things that disappoint us. Let everybody know that the environment needs our help.
- Use Rechargeable Batteries
If you have a compact camera or a flash unit that uses AA batteries, use rechargeables — they can last for years and help reduce unnecessary waste.
- Be a Leader
If you see somebody doing things that will harm our environment, stand up to them and make them aware of the impact they’ll have.