Beauty is abundant in nature and as photographers we want to capture some of that splendor. Nature photography is a rewarding activity and provides a certain level of wonder and excitement. Although as we progress to become better photographers, we sometimes forget the reasons why this hobby or profession became enticing in the first place.
So, nature photographs will remind us just why we fell in love with photography, just as a simple image can invoke a childhood experience or remind us of a place we used to love. So let us rekindle what we may have forgotten and go back to nature. If you are interested in becoming a better nature photographer then read on as I share these tips to help you become one quickly.
The very first step is to love nature or have an appreciation of it. If we have this certain affection then it will push us to learn more about the natural world, its role, its importance, and the effect it has on our lives. Let’s say you are interested in ph
otographing flowers, you go out with your camera but when you reach your destination, you see the flowers but they aren’t fully in bloom. The proper interest in nature must take place first and foremost then the research and the learning comes afterward. If we have prepared enough about the different aspects of nature then our next step is to explore it’s natural beauty.
Admittedly, nature photographs do not make a lot of money. There are two reasons why this happens, one is because there is little demand and secondly, as there’s lots of competition out there. If you are interested in being on top then you will need to explore and go out there. If you want to have the most unique photographs then go to places no one has gone before. This means lots of plane rides, hikes, mountain climbs, and getting lost in forests. If your picture transports your viewers to a place they haven’t seen before then you can consider just that as a simple victory.
To take better pictures, we must also consider our camera. To succeed we must buy the best camera we can afford, purchase the best lenses for the job, filters, and a tripod. But aside from the technical knowhow, we must realize that the camera is not just equipment, but also a part of ourselves. So, the goal here is to recreate exactly what we see with the help of our camera, meaning we are able to show just how we felt when we saw that particular image for the first time. A simple photograph can become a piece of art when it doesn’t simply show our knowledge of the rules of photography. A picture becomes more valuable when it touches something inside us just through what a certain picture represents.
We can also achieve this by photographing at the right time of the day. Gloomy overcasts are excellent for diffused light that can increase the color saturation of our pictures. Sunsets introduce interesting colors and are magnificent for nature landscapes. Getting up early will reward you with lots of opportunities for great images. Aside from the fact that the early hours produce the best light, the places won’t be too packed with people in the wee hours in the morning. Both early and late suns can also expose the different textures present in nature, for example sand dunes and beaches.
If you are interested in photographing animals then it is best to take images of them in the wild. The absence of fences, wires, telephone posts, will make sure that the audience will take notice more of the beautiful backgrounds and the animals. Animals are masters of disguise in the wild, so wait for the perfect opportunity to capture their images. And if you want to produce better photographs, get nearer to the subject to the best of your ability; just make sure that you are safe.
Speaking of safety, there are lots of poisonous bugs, snakes, fungi, and plants in the wild so make sure that you are well protected. A good rule of thumb is to not trample or touch anything that looks bright and poisonous. Wear protective gear, carry a GPS communication device at all times, and always let somebody know where you’re going. Taking a buddy along is also recommended; just in case something happens to you, so you have someone to go and look for help.
Nature photography is often busy with lots of detail. If you want to eliminate other distractions then a close up photo is highly recommended. Just maximize your depth of field for the creamy bokeh background that highlights the subject superbly.
Luck is also needed in photography as well as skill. Especially in the wild where we never know what’s coming our way. If nothing good happens, then we must learn to wait and be patient. Walk around and scout the place out. Shoot with your different lens and filter combinations and exhaust all your angles. If nothing still happens and you have given it your best, then it‘s time to move on.
The best thing about nature photography is the abundance of subjects that we can capture. The beautiful photographs we can take and share with our friends and family acts as reminders of how we should really take care of the environment. In our simple way we can do our part by just taking images and letting other people see the glory of wildlife. So let us pack our bags and put on our hiking boots, cause it’s time to go back to nature.
Anyway this is Mike Chase signing off, so I really do hope you’ve enjoyed my guide to taking better nature photos, and to read more of my beginner digital photography tips, just “CLICK HERE” or you can bookmark “MY PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG” for future reference…. Thanks!