Great Nature Photography – Tips For Getting The Best Nature Photos

Taking great nature photographs is not only rewarding, but it is challenging as well. You need some special skills with your camera, and, of course, a good camera helps. A digital SLR is just about required, but the equipment that goes with it, namely the lens, is also very important. Many photographers argue about which DSLR is the best for nature photography. There are proponents of both Canon and Nikon who all claim their camera is best. Either way, a Canon telephoto lens or the Nikon counterpart is a key element for taking award winning nature shots.

There are some ways to prepare for the day when you will be shooting your best photos of wild animals and birds. First and foremost, know your camera. Practice taking shots at the settings you will use in the field. If you can’t afford a proper telephoto lens, borrow or rent one. The kit lens that comes with most DSLR cameras just will not get the job done.

Another piece of equipment that is very helpful is a tripod with a good ball head. Some nature photographers specialize in hand-held shooting, but it takes lots of practice to be good at it. A tripod is your best bet to hold your camera steady with that big gun of a telephoto lens on it. The longer the lens, the more likelihood of camera shake, ending up with an unacceptably blurred photo.

As you practice taking your nature shots, aim for the eye of the animal. If the eyes are out of focus, the image will not be acceptable. You can practice in your yard by setting up a blind near your bird feeder. Or you can even take pictures of your own pets when the are in action. Shoot for the eyes.

The best time of day is early mornings. The lighting is awesome before 9AM. Once the sun gets high in the sky, the lighting is too difficult to manage. A high, bright sun causes harsh shadow and far too much dynamic range for digital cameras.

You should also familiarize yourself with the camera settings of your digital SLR camera. You will not have time to think about which settings are best for a particular situation in the field. You should already know which setting you will use and be ready in case there is a change in light.

Before you shoot, check your settings. There is nothing worse than forgetting that you set your camera on ISO 3200 the day before when it was getting dark. You will be disappointed, and you will get a bunch of lousy pictures. It ends up being a waste of time, so take a few minutes even before you leave your house to check the settings. While you are at it, check to make sure you have all your batteries charged and some extra storage discs in your bag.

As rewarding as nature photography can be, it can also be very depressing if you are not ready when that prize photo opportunity is missed simply because of a stupid mistake or oversight on your part.

Be prepared.

How to Capture Soothing, Innocent, and Untouched Nature Photography

Photography anyone? Capturing soothing, innocent, and untouched nature is a relaxing and calming way to spend an evening or a weekend and is easy even for a beginner. Photography as a hobby is something anyone can do, from teens to queens, from young growing boys to men. It’s as if you’re never alone with a camera in hand and ready to capture the natural beauty of life.

Digital cameras give us the benefit of taking many pictures in one shooting, which can simply be done on an evening walk to the park, or the memories we want to capture from our weekend travel or activity. Nature is everywhere. It envelopes us and embraces us with soothing, innocent, and untouched rewards. As with anything, it takes practice to be able to bring a photo to life. A camera is an extension that allows us to cherish our memories, hold close our sight, and continually nurture a love for our surroundings and environment. Nature Photos show us the vulnerability of our land; a Land that loves us unconditionally. Nature photos capture innocence, purity, unprotected serenity. What better way to voice a love and devotion to our environment than capturing it on photo.

Picking up a camera has the ability to fulfill your dreams. Once you take your pictures, you have the ability to be able to download them to your computer using online software or if you purchased a new digital camera it usually comes with all the necessary components to be able to enjoy your photos right away. The market is full of choices that can complicate matters, but there are very functional and easy to use options that beginners can use to get their hobby off the ground. You will even be able to edit photos, crop them, make them black and white, or other unique blends of color schemes. You will be able to print right from your home or you can go to Costco or Sam’s and order them. You may also want to drive over to Target and use the Kodak printing machine there. These are all viable and economic options to being able to print your soothing, innocent, and untouched nature photos.

Then, you can take them to Hobby Lobby and pick mats that compliment the beauty and serenity of each new photo, but doesn’t overwhelm or take away from the picture. You will surprise yourself and may realize you have quite the knack for photography. How hard can it be? Just point and click and amaze yourself. Nature is always at its best. You can be, too, with your camera in hand. Take it everywhere you go.

Once you have your photo and mat, pick a frame that adds character to your nature photo. I typically like to pick a color for the frame that also is in the photo but definitely not the dominant color. This helps to bring out colors that might not stand out on their own, but really add value to the picture. I also contrast the mat with the frame, sometimes, just a light to extreme dark difference in shade. Picking the frame really does add value to your nature photo. It can blend with what the natural environment is of each photo.

Lastly, what you do with your nature photos is, of course, entirely up to you, but if I may suggest, there are so many things to do with them that inspires others to appreciate the perfect land we most certainly take for granted. Each photo you take tells a story. It has a voice all its own. You’ll see what I’m talking about. So capturing soothing, innocent, and untouched nature is one thing, but the other is using it to inspire others. You can give them away as gifts to teachers, co-workers, grandchildren, sons, daughters, etc. Your photo will speak to them, too….as if to say, “Love Life and Enjoy what surrounds us!” “Appreciate me for what I am and what I do for you!”

So, my goal in all this is to enable the photographer in you to stand up to your calling and get moving. Make photography a hobby of yours. As always, actions speak volumes where words don’t and if you’ve ever wondered or had an inclination to use a camera, to take a picture, to become a photographer, to capture soothing, innocent, and untouched nature, then there is no better time than now. Unleash the photographer in you and enjoy! You may decide you have what it takes to turn pro someday!

Nature Photography and Taking Beautiful Natural Photos

If you’ve ever gone to a bookstore and admired the breathtaking nature photos in a calendar or other publication, you may have been slightly jealous that these photographers had such wonderful natural scenes at their disposal to capture on film. As an amateur photographer, you may have longed to live closer to nature in order to take photos of wildlife and nature scenes like the ones you see in galleries. Well believe it or not, you really don’t need to live in the deep woods or another remote location to take gorgeous nature photographs. All you really need is the desire, halfway decent photography skills, and a little motivation.

Many people who live in the city don’t realize that there are dozens of unique natural locations within every metropolis that might be indistinguishable from remote wilderness in photographs. Remember, as a photographer, the pictures you take only reflect what is within the limits of your lens, not the surrounding urban sprawl. Public parks, zoos, gardens and conservatories all offer a wonderful chance for you to photograph nature while still within the city. And while you might not be able to take a photo of endless miles and miles of wild expanses, you certainly will find lots of opportunities to take nature photos on a smaller scale within your own city or town.

If you have a long weekend or vacation time at your disposal, it’s also very easy for amateur photographers to plan a short getaway dedicated to taking nature photos. Don’t be afraid to step outside your normal comfort zone to plan a really exciting vacation in a location you have never visited before in search of the perfect photograph. In fact, most cities have a beautiful natural location within short driving distance, and it only takes a little bit of research to discover some real nature photography gems within a few hours of your home. With a full tank of gas and a simple camera, you’ll be amazed at the images you can bring home.

It’s up to you whether you want to photograph static scenes or actual wildlife, although many photographers find that it’s more difficult to capture animals, birds and insects on film. When photographing nature, don’t be afraid to spend a long time getting just the right positioning and lighting to get that perfect shot. Take pictures from many different angles and lighting conditions, and when you return home you’ll have a wide selection of shots to choose from and perfect.

Far too many amateur photographers don’t take the chance to develop their nature photography skills because they feel they aren’t skilled enough or they don’t have the right settings available to them. Neither of these could be further from the truth, and the only thing stopping your from being a great nature photographer is your own fears!