8 Easy Ways to Take Better Nature Photos

1. Think About the Lighting

When taking pictures of light sources like a sunset, sunrise, fire, or other similar sources, the flash of the camera will make the picture seem colder and less colorful. This is because the flash is cool and the light source is warm, making them clash in the photo. Try turning the flash off when shooting these kinds of photos.

Otherwise, always try to shoot out of direct sunlight and keep the sun on your back, especially with a camera phone. This can lower the chances of having unwanted glares, inability to focus, and other issues that are more common with lower quality cameras or camera phones.

2. Change the Perspective

Many people take several shots of the same thing in order to get that perfect shot. This can be a great method but can be even better if you move around the object or area and change the direction of shooting.

Try raising or lowering the camera, taking a step closer or farther depending on if the shot is focused on a single object or a large area, and/or tilt the camera at an angle.

3. Focus on the Little Details

While the overall shot is important, it is the little details that people take the time to notice. If you have the time, think about any details that would be captured in the shot and how to incorporate them better into the shot.

For single object shots, you may want to consider taking a few steps closer to the object. However, you may want to try to avoid stepping too far back when taking landscape shots since it may make the little details blend together. Exceptions to this are areas where there are few distractions from the details like fields.

4. Avoid Camera Shake Shots

Nothing is worse than having a few seconds to capture the best picture and then seeing that it came out blurry because your hands were not steady enough. This can be easily fixed by either setting the camera down on a flat surface or use a tripod. If you are not using a phone camera, holding the shutter button can also reduce camera shake.

5. Avoid the Zoom

True, using camera zoom can help get a closer view of something far away in a short amount of time, but it also lowers the image quality, making it blurry or fuzzy. If it can be helped, substitute the zoom by moving the camera closer for a clearer and higher quality photo.

6. Preparation is Key

A few tips that can always help are to always keep a cleaning cloth, extra batteries, and extra memory cards with or around the camera. This is for keeping the lens clean, having more time to take pictures, and having plenty of extra memory space for higher quality images.

7. Get Inspiration from Other Photographers

If you want to start taking pictures but have no idea what to take pictures of, think about taking a look at some photographs on google or social media. You might get a desire to shoot a certain type of picture, like animals, landscapes, water, and more.

8. Stay Balanced or Off Center

Depending on what the focus of the picture is, the angle it is shot at can give more depth to the photo. Shooting a road or a walking path from the center of it can emphasize the edges and lines. When taking pictures of water, getting a reflection of the surrounding area in the shot or some sunlight can increase the image’s depth.

Resources:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/traveltips/02/13/sunset.photos/index.html 
http://www.cnn.com/2011/IREPORT/09/02/capture.photo.bootcamp.irpt/index.html 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-mowbray/photography-tips_b_3976628.html 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/toby-nwazor/7-simple-tips-to-improve-_b_9498546.html

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