For budding photographers, Nature provides a vast platform to be clicked out in the open, providing the natural elements which, in return, demands a full devotion of your heart and soul to it. It includes pictures of landscapes, plants, wildlife and natural scenery and textures.
Nature’s photographs are published big-time in travel and cultural magazines such as National Geographic, National Wildlife, Audubon and other specifics like Outdoor Photographers and Nature’s Best Photography.
Some best-known Nature’s Photographers are Frans Lanting, Galen Rowell, Eliot Porter and Art Wolfe.
1. Wildlife Photography
Wildlife Photography captures the “Rich and Elegant Fauna” through the lens. Imprisoning their actions- eating, hunting, running, etc. Here are some Tips on Wildlife Photography:
· Get up real early to shoot in the morning light
· Allow travel time to get to the location
· Allow time to find the subject
· Watch the shutter speed, allow for the light level
· Watch your white balance – Auto might not be the best choice to catch the colors
2. Landscape Photography
Nature Landscape Photography is dedicated to photographing rivers, mountains, hills, peaks, towers, beaches, lakes, farms, islands, etc… a landscape is mainly photographed in the form of a portrait so that its surroundings could be shown in a proper and presentable manner.
Landscape photography is one the most common forms of photography and can be done at almost every place. It is challenging to get a perfect landscape photograph. One should make sure that the photograph needs to be timed carefully and also must be shot at a proper distance.
Landscape Photography needs a lot of focus and creativity.
3. Flora Photography
Flora Photography is simply the abduction of beautiful and exotic plants and trees, in spite of their color, texture or size. It can be conducted in the woods, at a farm, at your house or by using the little plant on your work desk as our subject.
Flora Photography needs a lot of patience. Many-a-times it might happen that, you are just seconds away from taking the perfect shot but suddenly a strong wind ruins the whole setting of the place and you might need to find some other place to shoot.
It’s better to keep some backup locations when you are out to photograph. It’s better and safe.
4. Macro and Texture
Macro Photography is also a type of Nature Photography. Common macro subjects – bees, dragonflies, and so on. Macro photography is photography magnified. It is generally recognized as “macro” when you are increasing the size of an object in your picture from about half life-size. Here are some tips for Macro Photography:
· Using a flash will allow you to shoot at a reasonable speed, yet enable you to keep the aperture on a high f/11 for sufficient depth of field.
· Learn to use manual focus when shooting insects.
· Use a tripod if you cannot shoot faster than the length of your lens.
· Make good use of morning sunlight to capture detail not seen otherwise.
Nature Photography is not about only clicking pictures of giant or huge animals or plants or landmasses, it is about embracing all the huge and little things or objects that are around you.
5. Use of Colour
It is not necessary that one should only use Colour photography to represent Nature Photography.
Ansel Adams is famous for his Black & White depictions of nature, while Galen Rowell praised Fujifilm Velvia film for its bright, saturated colors, asking “Who wants to take dull pictures that will last a hundred years?” Both men distinguish between photography as an expressive art form and sensitometry, an accurate reproduction is not necessary.
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