Tips for Nature Photography

Nature Photography refers to photos taken outdoors displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures. If you’re fond of traveling and want to improve your souvenir photographs, here are some basic tips that will help you take better shots of natural subjects.

Frame your Subject

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For wildlife and nature photography, it’s best to have a clear point of interest. Frame your subject with other visual elements to lead the eye in and direct your viewer’s attention to what’s important. Using a shallow depth of field for close-ups to blur out background distractions can also help establish focus on the subject.

Provide a Good Foreground

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A good foreground can add even more visual interest to a strong landscape. Providing a point of reference can simplify chaotic scenes or give scale to a pure landscape shot. Avoid having too many subjects in the foreground as it can make a photo look cluttered.

Work with the Light

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Photographers know that early or late sun usually reveals the best texture in photographs. Opt to take photos during this “Golden Hour” – that time right after sunrise or before sunset when daylight is redder and softer compared to the harsher light when the Sun is high in the sky.

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Try to capture the essence of a place or subject

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Frame your photograph in such a way that it evokes the atmosphere of the place. For instance, if the place feels serene, try to keep the composition clean or include a detail in the photograph that evokes that feeling. If you’re trying to capture the vibrancy of a city, you can add more dynamic elements such as movement.

Look for Patterns

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Viewers are are naturally attracted to patterns in the environment, so visual repetition of shapes and colors makes photographs stand out more. Try to find interesting compositions and patterns by experimenting. Zoom in on details or shoot from different angles (above, below, etc.) to get different compositional patterns.

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