9 Natures Photography Tips You Should Know About

Nature Photography

Nature’s photography is a genre of photography that captures the beauty of nature. Nature’s photographers are drawn to natural scenes, such as forests, waterfalls, mountains and wildlife. The essence of nature is captured in these photographs to share with others what they have seen. Here are 9 tips you should know about when taking nature photos or just admiring them on social media or your favorite website.

1) Find a new perspective

An animal standing on grass

We are surrounded by nature’s beauty every day, but that doesn’t mean we see it. It takes a shift of perspective to find new ways of seeing. For example, if you want to photograph the ocean in winter, don’t focus your lens on what you can see; instead try looking for what others might miss. A vast expanse of frozen sand and water will be transformed into something magical when seen through the eyes of an artist who is willing to look past what’s right before them.

The same principle applies on land: If you’re photographing people or animals up close, use wide-angle lenses that compress distances between foreground and background objects—you’ll create more interesting compositions with less effort!

2) Keep it simple

A polar bear in a body of water

We all want to take the perfect nature photo. One that captures something in nature, or a landscape, or an animal, and really shows it off to its best advantage. But there are some common mistakes people make when trying to do this. And one of these is getting too complicated with their photography techniques. The truth is that you don’t need any special gadgets or skills when it comes to nature photos – just your camera set on automatic mode! There’s nothing wrong with experimenting and learning new things about how your camera works – but if you’re new at taking pictures of nature then please start by keeping it simple first!

3) Watch the background

Regardless of what you’re photographing, your background is ALWAYS important. This can be because it adds to the overall feel of the shot or because it distracts from the main subject. In any case, it’s something that should not be overlooked! Here are some things to consider when creating a good background:

– Avoid busy backgrounds by moving back until there is no more detail in them

– Make sure that anything on your camera isn’t going to show up in the photo

– Choose a background with colors and textures that match or complement those in foreground

– Use natural light but make sure not too many shadows fall on your subject

– Get close enough so all distracting objects don’t overwhelm what you want viewers to see. If this means getting so close you see more than one of the subject, so be it!

4) Don’t underestimate nature’s small details

The small details are what will make or break your nature photography. You might think that you can just snap a quick photo of the scenery, but it’s the smaller things that are often overlooked. The tiniest detail could be worth more than anything else in the image. That’s why it’s important to look for them and capture them if possible.

It may seem like an effortless task, but this is one of those times where you have to work at something to get better at it.

It may not seem like much, but this seemingly small detail can really add to an otherwise generic nature photograph.

Maybe it’s a tiny flower bud that is just starting to come into view. Maybe it’s a spider with its intricate web. It could even be something as simple as a dew drop hanging from your plant or flower.

It’s that small and (sometimes) subtle detail that can really make a nature photo come to life. And while it might be more work on your end, the payoff is well worth it in the end.

5) Keep your eyes open for patterns

Patterns are everywhere in nature. If you know what to look for, they can be found with relative ease.

For example, plants often have a spiral pattern that goes away from the center of the plant stem. The leaves may alternate on either side of the stem and grow by spiraling around it like a vine would grow up a pole or trellis.

This type of growth is called “alternate” because one leaf grows next to another and then another and so forth rather than both growing on the same side (which would create an “opposite” leaf pattern). Leaves also branch off at different angles which creates patterns such as diamond shapes along stems, triangular shapes where two leaves meet at their bases or heart-shaped leaves which are found at the end of each branch.

Patterns can also be created by animal markings. For instance, a dark marking on an otherwise light fur coat will create a pattern that looks like tiger stripes because it is in the opposite colors of the background.

Nature tends to repeat itself when creating patterns in plants and animals so being observant and looking for them will bring you great photography results.

6) Always be prepared

Nature photographers are always looking for the perfect shot. They’ll get up hours before sunrise to get just the right position, or spend all day hiding in a blind waiting for that one moment when their prey comes into view. It’s important to be prepared because you never know what might happen at any given time! Nature is unpredictable–but being ready can make your photos more successful. Here are some tips on how you can prepare yourself and gear so that you’re always ready for anything!

1) Always have extra batteries charged and packed with your equipment, so if something happens during the shoot, you don’t run out of power–or worse yet, lose images that could’ve been great shots.

2) If it’s cold outside (or hot, or wet) , keep your batteries in an inside pocket where you can quickly warm them up after they’ve been out in the cold.

3) Keep extra memory cards on hand so if one gets full before the shoot is over, you don’t lose any shots that could’ve been great!

4) Bring rain gear or a tent to keep yourself and your equipment safe if it starts raining or you’re sitting in a duck blind.

5) Make sure to bring water because nature can be hard work–and you’ll need to stay hydrated!

7) Don’t be afraid of getting wet

One of the most common questions I get asked when people see my photos is “How do you not mind getting wet?”

I take it as a compliment, because in order to make good photographs, you need to be out in nature and capturing the beauty that surrounds us. With this said, I want to share with you 5 tips on how not to mind getting wet when taking nature’s photography.

1) Bring your camera in its own protective case or bag – You might think that water resistant cameras are enough but they’re usually only good for drizzles. Investing in a waterproof case can save you from spending hours scrubbing dirt off your camera lens later!

2) Carry extra dry clothes – Clothing like cotton will absorb moisture and make your skin feel cold. It’s a good idea to bring extra dry clothes to change into after you’ve been in the water or experienced harsh weather conditions.

3) Bring a towel – Not only will it help you get out of wet clothing, but it can also be used as a barrier between yourself and wet ground.

4) Use a rain cover – This can be a real lifesaver if you’re going to be in heavy rain. Nowadays, most DSLR lenses come with a built-in rain cover that’ll keep your lens free of water droplets.

5) Use a spray bottle – Although the idea of spraying yourself might seem silly, it actually works! Just remember to wipe off your lens afterwards.

8) Choose your season

The season in which you take your photographs can make or break the quality of your final product. The wrong season can result in an underwhelming scene with poor lighting and lack of variety, while the right seasons will provide rich colors, textures, and complexity. When considering what time of year to shoot, there are three things to keep in mind: time of day (most people prefer early morning light), weather (clouds add contrast) and seasonal color changes (autumn leaves turn brown). Whether it is a landscape shot or a portrait session for model portfolios, these tips will help you get better pictures all year round.

9) Think before you shoot

Before taking a photograph, always remember to think ahead of the subject in mind. The planning process is what separates amateurs from professionals, so thinking out your shot will set you apart from the pack. Before even worrying about the technical aspects of photography, have an idea in your head about what type of photo you want to take. This will later determine what equipment you need, where your subject is located and how you are going to photograph it. Once the plan comes together in your head, start thinking about the technical aspects of photography – exposure settings, composition techniques, focal length etc.

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