Nature photography is a popular field of photography and as nature photographers, we are frequently looking for ways to enhance our craft.
This article features different ways of doing so. In this article we will focus on how to approach various animals and learn which lenses to use for different occasions. As well as, learning tips for shooting landscapes and flowers.
Tips For Wildlife Photography: Approaching your subject
Since most animals can be very shy, it is suggested that you use a telephoto lens, although, this is not always necessary. Sometimes, animals are used to people due to people feeding them, and in these cases you can get quite close to them, but remember to use common sense as some animals can be quite dangerous. One tip that I have learned from Moose Peterson, a well-known wildlife photographer, is to serpentine while attempting to approach your subject as this makes the critters less nervous and to use small approaches at a time so the critters can get used to your presence. Another good tip, is to know something about the behavior of the animal you want to photograph as this will help you get better behavioral shots such as a bear catching salmon in a river for example.
Tips for landscape photography
One of the main tips for landscape that I have heard over the years, is that early morning and dawn tend to produce the best light for landscape photography. Some cool techniques for landscape photography are time lapse and panoramas, there are programs and tutorials online that can show you how to accomplish these techniques. Another thing you can do when taking landscape photos, is to research the location you want to photograph to see where the best locations are to shoot. Also, I would suggest looking for roadside scenic views, as these are usually good spots for photos.
Tips for shooting flowers
One tip I have learned from reading a book by Scott Kelby, is too photograph flowers from an looking up angle or straight on angle, meaning that you have to get on the ground and try not to shoot down on them, as this is a very common view and is not as impacting as the other views I mentioned. Another good tip, is to photograph flowers while they are wet, there is actually a substance that you can buy that is supposed to better than water because it’s stickier, but you can spray this on flowers and it looks like rain drops, which makes the flowers look more pretty. As far as gear goes, you will mostly want to be using a macro lens with a shallow death of field so you can get in close to the subject.
If you put these tips into action, I am sure that your photography will improve in no time. If you have any tips you find useful please feel free to share them by commenting below.