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How to Improve Nature Photography Skills

I like nature photography because of my love for flora and fauna. However, this venture has its fair share of challenges due to the variety of subjects and movements involved. But with some tips from experts, I have been able to hit the trail and capture some of the most stunning images. They include the following:

 

Respect the Wildlife and Their Environment

Whenever I embark on a nature photography mission, I make sure that I only leave my footprints–leaving the environment as pristine as possible. Even for the biodegradable rubbish like banana peels, I always take them home. Nature is composed of a sensitive world that is home to an array of living things, and should thus be undisturbed.

 

Carry Crop Sensor Camera Body

Although I have both the crop sensor camera body and a full-frame, I always bring along the crop sensor camera. With a crop sensor camera, the lenses produce a desired effective focal length. This comes in handy when shooting animals. When snapping animals, I maintain a certain distance to avoid scaring my subjects. A crop sensor camera body gives a 1.6x magnification over the full-frame camera, implying that with a crop sensor, I have to move as close as possible to my targets.

 

Applying Different Angles and Perspectives

When planning for nature photography, I do it to meet my needs and all that will make me happy. I don’t plan to meet another person’s sense of style, or to please anyone. I have not hit the professional level yet, and so, I always take time to through the works of other photographers to get a glimpse of what quality entails.

 

I pay attention to the angles used, the coordination of colors within a frame, and the distance maintained with the subject. After this analysis, I sometimes try different approaches like varying the angle. For instance, where others shoot at wide angles, I shoot a close-up.

 

There’s a wide range of beautiful setups in the outdoors, and I always aim to maximize every moment. In as much as I review works by various experts, I employ my own creativity both in shooting and editing.

 

Shooting During the Best Time of the Day

From experience, dawns and dusks are the best time to do the shooting. One of the advantages of shooting either early in the morning or the evenings is because there are fewer crowds. This is particularly convenient in areas with high tourist traffics such as famous landmarks and popular national parks. Still, most animals are active at dawn or dusk but escape the heat during the day.

 

Using Natural Lights

If I want to shoot great natural photos, then I aim them either in direct or indirect light from the sun or the moon. Before sunset or just after sunrise, the light is softer and hazier. It’s at this time that I’m assured the harsh midday shadows are eliminated, and the objects well illuminated.

 

Subjects like the leaves of a tree or a hummingbird are softly lit with the golden hues of a setting or a rising sun. Such lights add an emotional overlay to my photographs, and there’s a clear difference between shots taken in the morning and evening.

 

Using the Best Camera

I always trust whatever camera that I have as the best there is. I have in the past created some amazing photography using Android devices. Therefore, it’s not a must that I arm myself with a DSLR. Any gadget with a smaller aperture, dual lenses and optical zooming is up the task.

 

Packing the Right Gear

Besides the high tech lenses and cameras, other things are crucial when venturing out for nature photography. These include batteries, tripods, appropriate clothing, gloves, hats, and jungle boots. I also bring a compass to help in navigation.

 

Study the Subjects

One critical aspect of nature photography is to study the subjects. This helps me to capture the images of the things that I understand. Additionally, once I know the habits of my subjects, then I can also predict the shots. For example, I would know when a plant is about to bloom, or when a swan is about to charge. If an animal does not exhibit hostile traits, then I can be sure of safely capturing close-up photography.

 

How Photographers Can Unleash Their Forgotten Creativity

Some may think that it is the subject of photography that has to do all the work. This is where the photographer’s success lies. This was my way of thinking until I reached a stumbling block in my photography hobby.

 

I indeed had no difficulty finding subjects to capture with my camera. But neither did anyone else, which meant that although my subjects may be unique as they were one of a kind, they were still like so many others. For example, a rose is a rose, and a tulip is a tulip.

 

So What Can Make A Difference?

I finally figured out what all this meant. I didn’t have any creativity. Instead of taking the time to find that perfect flower or finding a very common subject and determining what was unique about it, I wasn’t giving it any thought.

 

Photography Had Become Common Place

It had got to the point that I was taking my photography skills for granted. I thought I had lost my passion for it. But yet, every time I picked up my camera, a thrill of excitement ran through me.

 

Getting Back To Basics

I knew what I had to do, which got back to basics. So here are the steps I took to recharge my creativity.

 

Looked After My Health

One of the things I realized was that I was tired and had no energy when I set out on my photography adventures. If my body wasn’t working at its best, how could I expect the creative section of my mind to function at its best? After just a few hours of seeking out a subject to catch on film, I realized that I was just too plain tired. To solve this problem, I set a strict schedule for myself for sleeping, meaning I went to bed every night at the same time. Instead of skipping breakfast and lunch and eating a big dinner, I ate three healthy meals a day. I would pack a lunch to take with me while out and about doing my photography instead of eating a couple of chocolate bars.

 

These two steps alone made a big difference, and I was once again excited about finding new things to photograph because I had the energy to do so.

 

Losing Sight Of the hobby

Someday perhaps I would like to become a professional photographer, but this will wait till my retirement years. I had been trying to prepare for this day now, so I was no longer looking at this as a hobby. Instead, I perceived it as a non-paying job. This, too, affected my creativity. So my next task was getting this back into perspective. If I didn’t feel like photographing on a particular day, I no longer forced myself to do it.

 

Always On The Lookout

Whenever I was out and about, I was always looking for subjects to photograph. I changed my way of thinking. When something of interest stood out for me, I knew it was the right subject. If it caught my eye, I am sure it will catch those who get to see my finished work.

 

Learning From My Peers

My next revelation was that I still had a lot of learning to do. In my early years of photography, I wild study other photographer’s work. For the past few years, I had not been doing that. I began to see photographs in a new way.

 

These few steps have made a big difference, and I can clearly see the value of these changes in my latest work.

 

Appreciation For My Subjects

One of my favorite subjects to photograph is flowers. Now I see these in a different way. I study the way the petals are stretching out as they soak in the morning sun. I see the slightest changes in colors as they begin to age. To me, each and every flower has a story to tell. This is the most important thing that I had begun to miss in my photographs. Now with the new me I once again was capturing this through the lens of my camera. This new awakening has created such a renewed enthusiasm in me that I am grateful for what it is now allowing me to do.

 

3 Ways to Display Your Photographs

Despite modern technology, many of us will still want a printed version of the pictures that we have taken. This can be achieved from them having been professionally produced for us or from us printing the photographs out for ourselves. This article will explore the many ways in which the final photograph, or image, is displayed.

 

Albums

The different types of photograph album available vary in terms of the number of photographs that they are required to hold and in how they hold them. The factors in your choice are likely to be dependent on how many photographs you regularly take and how easily you want to remove them from the album.

Plastic pockets to hold photographs are a popular solution because the photographs are not only easily removable, but orders can be more easily changed within an album. You may later, for instance, decide to switch from a chronological to a thematic approach.

The disadvantage of having albums with a sticky backing, which would be an alternative, is that the backing may lose its stickiness over time. Where the backings are not sticky, photo corners can be used. These are now translucent, as opposed to when they were black and hid the corners of the photographs.

With family history research, that is genealogy, and the archiving of the information becoming popular, there are now many storage solutions on the market for storing all kinds of documents, including photographs and birth certificates. Acid free coatings are promoted to protect documents. Keeping your photographs away from the light will be recommended to stop them fading.

 

Frames

Photograph frames, although termed that, do not always have frames. There are also types available that consist only of a Perspex sheet and a wooden backing board. They are useful if you want to show the whole photograph. Conversely, mounts can be used to show only a portion of a photograph. Historically, we know that picture frames date to AD 50-70 because a wooden frame and portrait was found inside an Egyptian tomb. It had been well preserved. Hand-carved wood frames would appear in the 12th and 13th centuries and be as we know them today.

 

Online

An instant way to share photographs is online. That is, over a social media platform such as Facebook or Instagram. As an extension to this, videos of moving images can also be instantly shared. Often captured spontaneously, they represent a realistic snapshot of social history. How permanent of a record digital images represent will depend on how long digital mediums are likely to last in relation to their paper equivalent. In terms of this, we can say currently that digital photos remain the same as when they were saved, accepting the fact that they can become corrupted on this media. One of the advantages of digital photographs is that they do not take up as much space as their paper equivalent. In addition, the photographer has the advantage of being able to improve the images that they have taken using image manipulation software. No longer does the photographer have to consider everything before the image is taken, instead they can become creative afterwards. This would suggest, therefore, that the most important thing to consider with photography is that everything you want to capture is contained within your photograph, as everything that is not may prove the most difficult, if not impossible, to add later.

 

So, a few ways to display photographs are considered above. In considering them, we must take a moment to think about all the photographs our relatives took in the past that would otherwise have been moments lost forever. It can be annoying, though, when no date has been written on the back of a black and white photograph. In the future, this will surely not be an issue because files will record the dates that the pictures were saved, which will be the same, or close to, the dates that they were taken. Long term, if one medium become obsolete, then photographic images can always be transferred to the latest one, like video cassettes have been transferred onto DVDs.