Photography is all about giving viewers a glimpse into the world that they otherwise would never encounter, and it's through extreme adventures and sports that some of the most enthralling photographs are captured.
What are some of the best opportunities to get out there and shoot a first-person view of something that most people will never be able to experience for themselves? Continue reading for a few tips. Remember to bring along a GoPro camera or one that's fitted with waterproof and shockproof casing to ensure your equipment doesn't get damaged while you're having the time of your life.
Spelunking, AKA Cave Diving
Everyone already knows what it looks like on the surface of the Earth, but there's a whole other world waiting for you in the deepest, darkest caves around the planet. Spelunking is a term used for cave diving, and only those who aren't faint of heart should pursue this sometimes dangerous activity.
Navigating dark caves can be challenging, but the experience is definitely rewarding, especially when you can capture everything from waterfalls to the inside of ice caves. If you're a diver, you can even dive into the depths to access underwater caves.
B.A.S.E. jumping stands for jumping off of a building, antenna, span, or Earth and ensuring a safe landing by using a parachute, just like you would dive out of an airplane. The go-to camera for this type of activity would be the famous GoPro, which will be able to capture bird's-eye view images of your descent and the amazing scenery that you'll be surrounded by.
Skiing, Snowboarding, or Sandboarding
Nothing is quite as exhilarating as soaring down the side of a snowy mountain on your skis or snowboard. But if you prefer warmer climates, you can even participate in sandboarding, which is essentially the same thing as snowboarding, only you enjoy it while on huge sand dunes.
For this activity, you can get some amazing photos of your friends as they come down the slopes. Sit on the ground as they race past you to get a new angle and perspective that's often missed when photographers stick to standing up while photographing skiers and boarders. Or, as with any of the other extreme sports listed here, you can always capture your first-person perspective instead so that people who have never skied or are afraid of skiing can see what they're missing.
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Heading Out Solo or As a Group
Whether you enjoy these activities as part of a group or on your own, you can decide if a body mount is right for you or if you're going to mount your camera to an object. You can even take turns with a buddy so you can photograph each other.
What are some of the extreme sports and adventures that you've been able to capture as a photographer? Do you prefer taking first-person photos with the latest gear that allows for this new perspective, or do you stick to capturing others in action? Feel free to share your comments below. Also, consider joining the PT community to gain access to pro lessons and tips to improve your skills.