A great way you can appreciate Mother Nature is through a camera lens. In fact, nature photography is one of the best forms of photography; it’s deeply satisfying, and you can never run short of ideas; nature offers different options when it comes to photography. Each time you lift your camera lens, you get to experience nature’s ever-changing seasons, vast landscape and abundant wildlife. However, capturing a great outdoor photo requires cooperating with different dynamics. You have to factor in a lot of details to get that perfect shot. Remember, poor photography skills will result in a weak visual story. Below are some tried and tested tips on how you can capture compelling nature photos.
A wide-angle lens should do the trick
When taking a landscape photograph, use a wide-angle lens. These lenses show a broader view of the scenery giving a sense of vast open space. Wide-angle lenses also provide a greater depth of the field allowing the use of faster shutter speeds that bring in more light. Don’t forget to try some interesting photography angles.
Create a sense of depth
In a landscape photograph, try to create a sense of depth by keeping different aspects of the image in focus. Use a small aperture because it keeps both objects in the foreground and background sharp. When using a small aperture, it’s important to use a tripod. Remember less light is entering the lens hence a shake will worsen the focus.
Consider the rule of thirds
Most of us tend to put the subject right in the center of the frame. However, this doesn’t interest the viewer’s eyes as much as when you move the subject to the side. Observing the simple technique of rule of thirds can up your photography game. It involves, dividing the frame into horizontal and vertical thirds. Line up the horizons in the parallel thirds while strong vertical subjects such as trees at the vertical region. You can put your main subject where the lines intersect. This move is visually better than centering the main subject with no to lightly background.
For high-quality close-up images, make use of extensive tubes
If you are not lucky enough to afford a macro lens, a long camera tube works equally well. They fit between your digital SLR camera body and lens to allow you to focus closer on a subject. These tubes are great to use when working with either insects or flowers.
Avoid movement during caption
The number one rule for any photography. Movement during exposure results to s. Employ the use of a tripod stand as a counter measure to movement during exposure. Furthermore, some subjects such as birds or a beaver might be frightened by the fidgeting sound and flee the scene. In the end, you lose your perfect shot.
Turn on the camera flash
Even though you are taking an outdoor photograph, your camera flash can come in handy. Flash fill in dark shadows and brighten up the subject especially on a cloudy day.
Don’t force a shot, instead always have your camera at a standstill. Natural events don’t come with a timeline, and they happen whenever. Simply relax and wait for nature to take its course. It’s best to remain poised and prepared for that time a hen harrier crosses your path.
Make use of water’s mirror effect
Water in passive light creates beautiful landscape images. Take advantage of the two golden hours (sunrise and sunset) to take the beautiful water landscape reflections shots. Choose a slow shutter speed and let the camera auto select the correct aperture. It is important to use a tripod while you set the mode dial to Shutter-Priority or TV.