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The Beautiful North Cascades

Talk about a dream job: Photographer Ethan Welty roved secluded valleys and isolated mountaintops as an artist-in-residence at Washington's North Cascades National Park last summer. That was just the capstone on eight years he's spent photographing the area. Here are a few of his favorite spots.

Your Best Shots 2014 Reader Photo Contest

Pouring over 500-plus photo submissions would be grueling work in any other contest. Not this one. Your striking images prove BACKPACKER readers explore the backcountry's best places, and have the skills to bring home amazing photos. Here are the best of the best.

Record Better Media: Picture and Video Masterpieces

You can't beat a dedicated camera for clarity, control, and quality, but smartphones come close enough for most of us-this magazine has even published iPhone photos. Use these tools and techniques to amp up your device's multimedia power:

Smartphone Photo Accessories

Outfit your phone for better backcountry pictures.

2013 Reader Photo Contest - Your Best Shots

For 40 years, BACKPACKER readers have explored the wilderness and returned with photographic gold. But we were wowed by the entries for this contest—more than 650 of them. Check out these finalists (and this year's winner), then go to to submit your own images. We’ll showcase the best entries in upcoming issues.

Field Test: Tough Waterproof Cameras

These six cameras can take it all and still bring home your hero shots.

Gear Review: Panasonic Lumix TS20

A compact (read: lightweight and highly packable) camera that's under $200.

2012 Glacier Unforgettable Sweepstakes Offical Rules

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2012: Cameras

Bring back better images and video with these adventure-worthy cameras and accessories.

Master Class: Take Better Night-Sky Photos

You’ve found the ideal starry sky. Now, shoot the sparkling display—without investing in a new camera. Use these composition and setting tips from award-winning photographer Ben Canales.

Gear Guide 2012: Electronics

Cameras, gadgets, and cases for the trail.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook: Make an Adventure Movie

Create a story-driven video that engages you on the trail and offers a fresh perspective on trip memories.

Ultimate Adventure Handbook

Tired of the same old weekend loops? Looking to create memories your grandkids will talk about? In this how-and-where guide, we serve up 15 extraordinary escapes that will shatter your expectations of "normal." From adventure moviemaking to canyoneering, we'll take you places you've never been—but will long to visit again soon.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011: Cameras

Capture all your outdoor moments with these cameras and camcorders.

BACKPACKER Reader Photo Contest

Enter this year's Readers Choice Photo Contest... there was more text here.

Gear Review: Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Point-and-Shoot Camera

A point-and-shoot that fires 1080HD video and geo-tags photos.

Gear Review: GoPro HD Helmet HERO Video Camera

A tiny helmet camera that delivers flat-screen-worthy footage.

Gear Review: Canon Rebel T3i DSLR

A compact DSLR with an outstanding battery life.

Gear Review: Pentax Optio WG-1 Point-and-Shoot Camera

A point-and-shoot that you can freeze, submerge it water, and drop from high heights.

Gear Review: Olympus TG-310 Point-and-Shoot Camera

A bomber camera that's a bargain at $200.

Slideshow Series: How To Keep Your Camera Working Its Best

Learn how to care for and clean your camera during trips and at home. Use these tips to keep it working, despite the elements you face in the outdoors.

How To Clean Your Camera's Sensor

Sand and dust in your digital camera can ruin those once-in a lifetime shots. Here's how to eliminate them from SLR or Micro 4/3rds cameras.

How To Clean Your Camera's Exterior

All cameras, whether SLRs or point & shoots, need maintenance. Here's how to clean your baby and get it ready for the next big sunset.

How To Keep Cameras Alive In The Field

The wilderness is often a wet and gritty place. Fortunately cameras are tougher than we think, but careless handling can trash them. Here's how to stack the odds in their favor.

Father's Day Gift Guide

What do dads really want? Hint: not more ties or car wash gift certificates. We polled our male staffers to find out what they hope to get (or give) this June 19th.

Gear Guide 2011: Essentials

Welcome to accessory and apparel heaven: puffy jackets, stoves, windpants, knives, iPad apps, solar panels, GPS, hydration, first aid, socks, camp food, baselayers, and more.

Mother's Day Gift Guide: Olympus TG-310 Point-and-Shoot Camera

Shockproof, waterproof, and freezeproof means it's kid-proof

Gear Review: Olympus Tough TG-310 Point-and-Shoot Camera

A shockproof, waterproof, freeze-proof camera for all your outings

Gear Review: Leki Aergon Photoadapter Kit

Turn your Leki trekking pole into a monopod for photo ops.

Gear Review: Callpod Fueltank DUO Rechargeable Battery Pack

A rechargeable, lithium-ion battery pack for all your gadgets.

Gear Review: ContourHD Camera

A tiny helmet cam with above average sound quality.

Gear Review: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102YL Camera

A waterproof video camera that's reasonably priced.

Gear Review: Pentax K-5 Camera

A tough DSLR that's perfect for shooting wildlife thanks to its quiet shutter.

Gear Review: Pentax Optio W90 Camera

An all-conditions, high-value performance point-and-shoot camera.

Gear Review: Clik Elite Access Pack

A light and streamlined chest camera pack.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Over $150

If you're looking to splurge on your favorite outdoorsperson, here are the gifts to do it with.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: GoPro HD Hero 960 Video Camera

Got a budding videographer on your list? Check out this wearable pocket-size HD video camera.

Holiday Gift Guide 2010: The StickPic

For the photo-happy folks on your gift list, the StickPic is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2010: Cameras

Upgrade your outdoor images with a rugged pocket cam, a pro-level DSLR, and more.

Backpacker Photo School: Tips for Great Fall Photos

Before all the leaves drop, read these quick tips and take your camera out on the trail for one more shot at Autumn photos.

Gear Review: Mountainsmith Borealis AT Camera Backpack

A great camera backpack that also has room to carry your gear.

Gear Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Point-and-Shoot Camera

This point-and-shoot camera does it all: stills, video, and GPS.

Gear Review: Casio Exilim G EX-G1 Point-and-Shoot Camera

Casio Exilim G EX-G1 point and shoot camera is the perfect solution for the backpacker.

Gear Review: Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera

Best DSLR digital camera for backpacking.

Gear Review: The StickPic

Turn your trekking pole into a tripod with this inexpensive, lightweight accessory.

Gear Guide 2010: Essentials A to Z

Having the right boots, packs, bags, and tents is never enough. Here, a roundup of all the other "essential" pieces of gear you'll want in the great outdoors.

Gear Review: Sony HDR-XR520V

Photos, videos–this Sony Handycam is an HD beast.

Gear Review: Aquapac SLR Waterproof Camera Case

Protect your DSLR camera with this waterproof case.

Editors' Choice 2010: Mophie Juice Pack Air

Make your iPhone trail-ready.

Gear Review: iPhone

The best smartphone for the backcountry

Gear Review: Bheestie Bag

Resurrect electronics that have taken a swim

Gear Review: GoPro HD Hero Camera

A versatile body camera that shoots HD video

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Photo Survival Guide

The outdoors can be tough on a camera, so be prepared with this survival guide.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro

Our top photographers share their secrets. Plus: 6 trail-friendly cameras.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Cameras

You can't shoot like a pro, if you don't have the right camera. Here, six models for every type of shooter.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Panasonic DMC LX3K

This point-and-shoot works great in low light and has manual controls.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Pentax Optio W80

This waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof camera produces vivid photos and video.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Olympus Stylus Tough-8000

This slim, waterproof point-and-shoot has great image stabilization.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Olympus E-P1

This Olympus has interchangeable lenses that take magazine-worthy shots.

Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Pentax K-x

This DSLR is under $700 and works great for landscape and wildlife shots.

How to Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Nikon D300s

This still and video camera comes complete with 10 in-camera editing features.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Photo Editing Software

Refine your work with these top programs.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Exposure

Learn the basics of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Wildlife

Capture great wildlife photos with patience and know-how regarding their movements and your camera.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Night Photography

Avoid grainy nighttime shots by shooting at a low ISO.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Action Shots

Learn when to stop the action or pan along for the best shot.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Summits

Emphasize the steepness, and the accomplishment, with these techniques.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Portraits

Get a classic shot of friends or family.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: When to Shoot What

High noon. Check. Dawn and dusk. Check. Overcast days. Check.

Shoot Photos Like a Pro: Landscapes - Water & Snow

Water and snow shots can be a lighting nightmare--but not with these tips.

Shoot Like a Pro: Landscapes - Wide Angle, Zoom, & Macro

Whether you're shooting wide angle or on zoom, learn how to best capture the beautiful scenery around you.

Fall/Winter Gear Guide 09: Cameras

Whether you want to shoot action video or beautiful still photos we have a camera for you.

Gear Review: M-Rock Yellowstone 511 Camera Bag

This is a great camera bag for all occasions thanks to multiple shoulder strap configurations.

Gear Review: V.I.O. POV 1.5 Helmetcam

This versatile helmetcam is great for action video, both fast and slow.

Gear Review: Pentax K-7 Camera

This compact DSLR not only takes great pictures, but shoots video and shrugs off precipitation.

Gear Review: Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Camera

This camera was made to be abused, yet takes great pictures and is compact enough to slip into your pack's hipbelt pocket.

Gear Review: Canon Vixia HF11 Video Camera

Great HD quality and tough-as-nails housing make this camera your go-to for great video, not to mention you can get a full week of shooting on just two charges!

The Manual: How to Shoot Wildlife Photography

Find and frame animals perfectly with this wildlife photography primer.

Weekend Planner: Go High-Tech

Go wireless, get dialed in, and navigate like a pro with these gadgets.

Gear Review: Vado Pocket Video Camera

For quick-and-easy, YouTube-ready videos, this inexpensive camera won't let you down.

Editors' Choice 2009: Nikon Coolpix P6000 Camera

Backpackers get a made-to-order digital camera with the first affordable GPS-enabled shooter.

Editors' Choice 2009: Sanyo Xacti VPC-E2 Video Camera

This light and totally waterproof camcorder changes the game for backcountry moviemaking.

Get This Gear: Essentials From A to Z

We tested more than 500 products–stoves, clothes, cameras, filters, tech tools, knives, and meals–to find these proven performers.

Camera Pack: LowePro CompuRover

LowePro CompuRover is the outdoor photographer's best friend.

Portable Power: Battery Chargers

Got juice? Here are energy solutions for everything from weekend hikes to an Everest expedition.

Miniwiz HyMini Delux Portable Fan

The HyMini solar-powered fan does way more then just keep you cool

Brunton Solaris and Solo Battery Charger

Need power? The Brunton Solaris charges any device you've got using included solar panels or a battery pack for low light conditions.

Duracell PowerSource Mini Portable Battery Charger

The compact PowerSource Mini gives a power boost to just about anything, including your USB-compatible devices.

Field Notes: Earphones, Headlamp, Avalanche Probe

Petzl Ultra Headlamp

The Petzl Ultra uses LED's for brightest, and most costly, headlamp.

AirDrives Interactive Earphones

AirDrives Interactive Earphones stay put on bumpiest trails and helps you rock out safely.

Oregon Scientific ATC3K Camcorder

Lightweight and durable, the low cost Oregon Scientific ATC3K camcorder is practically outdoor-proof.

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 Camcorder

Sony HandyCam HDR-TG1 packs face detection, a touch screen and HD quality into lightweight camcorder.

Canon Vixia HF10 Digital Video Camera

Small and compact, Canon's Vixia HF10 produces great HD-quality video and easy-to-use interfaces for any budding outdoors filmmaker.

3 Ways To Save: Video

If you want to save time, weight, or money when buying a video camera, we found the best options.

Sony H50 Digital Camera

Sony's H50 camera is packed with features like a infrared night mode, movable screen and easy-to-use slide shows.

Olympus Stylus 1030SW Digital Camera

The sturdy Olympus Stylus could be a backpacker's best point-and-shoot yet, with it's smash-proof LCD and a high 10-megapixel image sensor.

Canon PowerShot A590 Digital Camera

Canon's PowerShot A590 delivers some adjustable manual-like features in a bulky device too big for most front pockets.

Sony W300 Digital Camera

Sony's W300 packs a massive 13.2 megapixel sensor and trail-friendly scratch-resistant body.

Sony W130 Digital Camera

Simple and thin, Sony's W130 features crisp pictures and web-ready video.

Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera

Protected against small amounts of water, this sturdy camera is for the klutz in all of us.

Nikon Coolpix L18

Nixon's budget-priced point and shoot camera runs on AAs

Canon SD 890 IS Digital Camera

A perfect, pocket-sized digital camera for any weekend warrior.

Quick Sheet: Perfect Beginner to Expert Cameras

Whatever your budget or photo ambitions, we've found the perfect shooter for every type of backpacker.

All-Around Champ: Garmin Oregon 400t

The Garmin Oregon 400t GPS is a fast, simple and full-featured GPS device well worth the extra bucks

The Multitasker: Magellan Triton 2000 GPS

The Magellan Triton 2000 GPS is packed full of outdoor-worthy features.

Picture Taker: Nokia N95 Cell Phone GPS

Capture your trail memories with the 5-megapixel camera and light-duty GPS of the Nokia N95 cell phone.

Bargain: Magellan Triton 200 GPS

Experience fewer lost signals with the Magellan Triton 200, a basic GPS for a bargain price.

Great Communicator: Apple iPhone 3G

Apple iPhone 3G brings maps and downloadable GPS software to your fingertips.

Speed Navigator: Garmin Colorado 400t GPS

With a quad-helix antenna and preloaded topo maps, the Garmin Colorado 400t is the fastest of GPS units.

Weatherproof Your Electronics

Rain, snow, cold, hard knocks–the backcountry can be tough on trail gadgets. You can either upgrade your devices, or learn how to protect them.

How to Shoot Video in Any Condition

Beat wind, rain, and snow with 5 tips from an expert outdoor cameraman.

Digital Camera Glossary

Before you shop–and buy–your dream camera, familiarize yourself with these commonly used terms

Mediastreet eMotion MP3 Player

Solar charge all your outdoor electronics with Mediastreet's MP3 Player.

Freeplay FreeCharge 12V

Eton Microlink FR150 Weather Radio

Solar panels and hand crank keep Eton Microlink FR150 weather radio going and going.

Camera Pack Review: Crumpler Karachi Outpost

This hearty camera bag has plenty of room, and padding, to haul picture-taking paraphernalia plus hiking gear.

Start Smart: Take Action Photos

Capture fast-paced summer adventures with these image-improving tips.

Film Your Own Hike, Then Go Behind-the-Scenes

Want to make adventure films? Emmy Award-winning director Michael Brown shows you how. Plus, go behind the scenes as BACKPACKER staffers learn from the masters at Adventure Film School.

Field Notes: The Latest Word from Our Testers

True-blue reviews on the latest items we've taken out on trail.

Share and Share Alike?: Top Five Photo Sharing Sites

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world. Web-based photo sites aren't all created equal. Here are our top 5.

Photos 101: Save and Share Your Photos, Produce a Slideshow, and Print Your Images

Learn how to save your photos, print them, get published, and produce an audio visual slideshow.

Post Your Video Online

Learn how to upload your video to YouTube and tap a social network like Facebook or MySpace to post links to your movie. Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share Your Trip; Make and Show Off Your Map

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room–or around the world.

Share It: All the World's a (Cyber) Stage

Your adventure is ready for primetime. Here are 19 ways to reach the audience in your living room--or around the world.

Start Smart: Shoot Low-Light Photos

Master dawn and dusk photographs with these pro tips.

The Cutting Room: Editing Programs and Storage

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Video

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: Photos

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

The Cutting Room: GPS

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Organize It: The Cutting Room

Here's how to turn raw data into finished files that will wow your friends and preserve trip memories better than any photo album.

Field School: Trail-Tested Tech

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures. The best new digital tools for every budget and skill level.

Field School: Essential Tips

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Make a Movie

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Field School: Capture Classic Images and Record Your Hike

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

Document It: Field School

Take your new tools to the trail to master the skills you'll need to navigate, record, and share your best adventures.

4 Trip-Planning Sites and Top Tech Tools

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Get Maps and Go

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

New Tools, New Rules: Plan the Perfect Trip

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it. Here's how to get started the high-tech way.

Plan It: New Tools, New Rules

Every great trip boils down to this: Picking an ideal location, capturing memorable moments, and bragging about it.

iHike: Hiking in the Digital Age

A Complete Guide to the Digital Revolution–and How to Join It

March 2008 Essentials Review: High Tech

Backpacker Gear Guide: Essentials

Packs, tents, boots, and bags–that's easy. Now comes the hard part: Everything else. Below, you'll find our top picks for all the lust-worthy backcountry essentials you'll need to make your trip safe, fun, and simple.

The Best Rechargeable Batteries

Rechargeable batteries are better for the environment and can save you money. Learn about the pros and cons of the different types of rechargeable batteries.

How to Digitally Capture Your Wilderness Adventures

Be a YouTube Star: Learn how to shoot, edit, and post your next wilderness adventure.

Smart Chart: Find Your Perfect GPS Unit

Whether you're a backpacker, dayhiker, geocacher, runner, or cyclist we have a GPS unit for you.

Top 4 Digital Camcorders

Four packable, trailworthy camcorders that could launch your YouTube career

December '07 Gear Test: 3D Connexion Space Navigator, Purosol Sport/Marine, Solio, The Pod

The Backpacker testers try out some ingenious products for photo taking, map making, screen cleaning, and portable recharging.

Shoot It, Film It, Find It

Cameras, camcorders, and GPS–our testers pick the best for the trail.

Top 4 Digital Cameras

All our picks weigh less than 8 ounces and cost less than $400.

Camera Review: Sony DCR-PC1000 MiniDV

Film your first wildlife documentary with this svelte digital video recorder.

Camera Review: Canon PowerShot SD400 Digital ELPH

You'll never miss a shot with this camera's lightning-fast lens.

Camera Review: Casio Exilim EX-S500

Capture every backcountry moment with this wafer-slim digital camera

What Kind Of Digital Camera Should You Buy?

Not sure if you need a digital camera you can put in your pocket or one with all the lenses and accessories? No problem. Here's a guide to help you make the right choice.

Digital 201: Photography Skills

Add valuable intermediate techniques to your shooting repertoire.

Outdoor Photography: Anatomy of a Digital Camera

At first glance, digital cameras can be intimidating. Use this guide to take the guesswork out of the features on your camera.

Trail Tips: Outdoor Photography

6 tricks for successful backcountry shooting

Picture Perfect: Photography Tips

Troubleshooting tips for 9 common problems

Digital Cameras: Frequently Asked Questions

Before you buy a camera, you have to get some details straight. Here's a list of the most frequently asked questions and their answers.

Digital 301: Photography Skills

Push your photos to the next level with these shooting techniques

Digital 101: Photography Skills

Learn your camera's capabilities by doing, not reading.

Gear Reviews: Editors' Choice 2005

New Zealand is pretty to look at, but harsh on gear--making it just what we needed for our Kiwi challenge.

Technology Review: Contact 3.0 Hiking Package

Satellite broadcasting gets light, cheap, and trailworthy

Calling The Shots: Be A Better Backcountry Photographer

Camera hints for bringing home hard-to-get photos in the backcountry

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