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A collection of outdoor photography related tips and resources.

Reliving a hike or backpacking trip is always more memorable when you have photos to go with the stories. These resources can help you improve your outdoor photography skills no matter what your camera budget might be. 

Our annual Northwest Exposure Photo Contest starts in August! Get tips on capturing a winning shot and get ready to enter your photos when the time comes. 

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Memorial Day Weekend in Trip Reports: Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wildflowers

May 26, 2015

Trip reports from Memorial Day weekend include dramatic sunsets, foggy ridge traverses, and roaming wildlife. Check out a sampling of trip reports to learn more about how other hikers spent their weekends.

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Inspiration and Advice from WTA's 2014 Photo Contest Winners

Jan 13, 2015

16 hiking photographers share what inspires them and how they captured their winning shots for WTA's 2014 Northwest Exposure Photo Contest winners with you.

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Top 5 Star Photography Tips from a Pro

Oct 13, 2014

Just in time for WTA's Northwest Exposure photo contest, photographer Dave Morrow shares his tips on taking better photos of night skies—and the stars!

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Photography Tips for Hiking Parents

Oct 01, 2014

Whether you're trying to capture family memories of your outdoor adventures or help inspire other Washington families by entering WTA's Northwest Exposure Photo Contest, our tips will help you take better pictures of your kids on trail.

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Call for Clarity on Forest Service Film/Photo Policy

Sep 25, 2014

This week, the National Forest Service came under intense scrutiny for a set of guidelines they were in the process of finalizing around who needs to secure (and pay for) special permits to take commercial photos and videos in wilderness areas. A lack of clarity in the federal guidelines left many journalists, professional and amateur photographers, guidebook authors, nonprofits and hikers wondering if the Forest Service guidelines could, or should, be applied to them.

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Dawn Patrol: Early Morning Inspiration from Your Fellow Hikers

Aug 26, 2014

Sunrise photos require a certain amount of dedication to capture, since they usually mean a painfully early start or some planning the night before. Get inspired by a view of the weekend sunrises from trails around Washington.

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Instagram Weekly Roundup: Summer Hiking

Jul 04, 2014

With the summer hiking season officially underway, this week's shots and stories on our Instagram roundup revolve around everything that makes summer in Washington so amazing.

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Instagram Weekly Roundup: Portrait of a Hiker

Jun 27, 2014

This week's shots and stories on our Instagram roundup revolve around you. From family camping snapshots to dramatic selfies, we love seeing you making memories on Washington's trails.

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Instagram Weekly Roundup: Water in the Wild

Jun 14, 2014

This week on Instagram: water in the wild. From frozen glaciers to wild stretches of coastline to the rivers that run between them, check out Washington's water along the trail.

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Instagram Weekly Roundup: From Cave to Summit

Jun 06, 2014

This week on Instagram, summit Red Mountain, go inside Ape Caves, and enjoy views of light, clouds and water through the eyes of hikers in Washington. On Instagram? Follow us @washingtontrails and tag #washingtontrails when you're out adventuring this summer!

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Instagram Weekly Roundup: #washingtontrails

May 30, 2014

Take a trip through Washington's wild places through the eyes of hikers and explorers on Instagram. From Mount St. Helens to Lake Chelan, get inspired by some of our favorite shots from the week, and tag #washingtontrails when you're out adventuring this summer!

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Take Better Nighttime Photos

May 16, 2014

Learn how to take better nighttime photos with this new photography guide from Mountaineers Books.

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How 16 Photographers Captured the Winning Shots

Jan 15, 2014

The winning photographers of WTA's Northwest Exposure Photo Contest share how they captured these stunning shots.

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Cold Weather Photography Tips

Feb 27, 2013

There is still plenty of time to take out the winter gear—snowshoes, cross-country skis, winter jacket, snow pants and, of course, your camera. But before you head out, here are a few tips from photographer Paul Raymaker that can help take the chill out of capturing a winter wonderland-scape.

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Photo Contest

Enter WTA's Northwest Exposure Photo Contest to help celebrate outdoor photography and the community of hikers exploring Washington's trails. Learn more about the prizes and how your photos can help inspire other hikers.

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