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The Art of Nature Photography

Apr 24, 2008
Before you start nature photography, you must have the correct lenses and cameras to take close up pictures. Most cameras do a fine job of taking landscape photography, however if you plan on photographing wildlife animals you may need a zoom lens since you will probably not be able to get as close as you would like without scaring the animal off.

Macro photography, at the other extreme, is the photographing of small objects usually taken very close up. Examples would be such things as insects, greenery, and small flowers. Some cameras have a built-in setting that allows them to take very good pictures close up. But for the best results, you'll need special lenses for these macro shots. With the right tools, macro photography can be very rewarding.

Macro photography does require more patience. This is especially true when photographing small animals or insects. However, patience and persistence does pay off. Also if you are photographing outdoors the wind can play an important factor in the quality of your photos. This is because when you're zoomed in close, even small movements can be very exaggerated and will cause your picture to be blurred.

To compensate for this extra movement, you can purchase various accessories for your camera. They will help stabilize the flowers or plants especially in the more windy conditions. They usually clip onto the tripod and then gently hold your subject in position.

To compose a great nature photograph, you must begin by selecting a subject. Do you find beauty in the sun shining through a leaf or do close-ups of insects make you happy?

If you choose to photograph animals, you must wait until one comes along at the right angle and stance. See our Wildlife Photography article for information on photographing animals.

To compose the best picture, put your camera on a tripod or hold it steady and still. A crooked picture will show a lack of experience while a straight picture will make the photo look more professional. Even if it is on a tripod, make sure the camera is level.

Some tripods come with a bubble level or you can purchase one separately that fits on your camera. This will assist you in leveling your tripod and improve the quality of your photographs. After checking this, you can begin taking pictures.

Once you have played around with your camera a bit, try to take a nature picture that shows a feeling such as joy or serenity. You might view the bright sun reflecting off of a window as joy. You may see the sun melting on top of the ocean as peaceful and serene.

Try different lighting options or color filters to give your photo a different personality or capture an emotion of the scene. Practice with your camera enough and you will think to yourself, "Wow! I can't believe that I took that picture!" Once you get even better, you can sell your photography, make large prints to hang on your wall or put your photos on a card, mug, pillow, etc. You will be rewarded with a smile and admiration from friends, family, and all viewers.
About the Author
Barry Craft loves nature photography. Get his latest tips to help you become a better photographer .Get FREE copy of his latest report entitled, "Top 10 Tips for Great Photo Composition" by visiting Digital Photo Tips.
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