6 STEPS TO BETTER NATURE PHOTOGRAPHS

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2. CONSIDER A RANGE OF ANGLES AND PERSPECTIVES

Don’t get used to the habit of standing up straight and capturing photos head-on. That may work for weddings and event photographs, but with nature, you’ve got to play around quite a bit. Here are a few options you can try on your next assignment:

  • Crouch or lie down on the ground and take an upward look at your subject
  • Capture a photograph from a higher elevation, looking down
  • Go as close or far as possible
  • Focus on the background rather than the object

3. BE EXTREMELY FAMILIAR WITH YOUR EQUIPMENT

Often nature presents one opportunity to capture that perfect photograph. Miss it, and you will have to wait a long time (or forever) before it happens again. The perfect glint of sunlight on a pond. An eagle soaring down and grabbing its prey in the river.

You never know when that perfect subject will appear, and when it does, you cannot afford to fiddle about with your lenses, camera settings, tripod, auto flash, etc. Follow the Scouts’ motto and be prepared. Even when you’re not out photographing, experiment with your equipment in the backyard as much as you can.

4. YOUR SUBJECT SHOULD NOT BE AT THE CENTER

Although this sounds counter-intuitive, remember a nature photograph taken by a Fuji user does not solely consist of the subject, but every element surrounding it. Placing it ⅓ of distance from the top or bottom is a good rule of thumb to go by. With every nature photograph, you are trying to capture nature in all its glory, as it is. When your subject is off-center it helps draw your viewer’s eye better.

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