This post was last edited by simari at 2020-8-17 01:30 |
Nature photography encompasses a range of outdoor photography genres. This includes, but is not limited to, landscapes, weather phenomena, astrophotography, birds, and wildlife. Each of these categories has their respective specialized skills and can be expanded further.
If you are just starting your quest as a nature photographer, here are a few things to consider:
1) What do you want to capture?
Since nature photography is so vast, you can spend a lot of time in each sub-genre. So an important question to ask yourself is what do you want to capture? Do you want to photograph close-ups of plants and insects? Is your love that of the micro natural world or are you more enthralled by magnificent mountain ranges and lakes?
Maybe birds and larger animals are more interesting to you than sunsets and sunrise. Knowing what you like and what you want to capture is a great first step.
2) What equipment do you need?
Using your Mobile phone is the best thing to do for nature photography as we always have our handset with us, using a TECNO smartphone is the best one can do.
For now Tecno Camon 15, the most interesting thing about this smartphone is its front camera, which features a 32MP AI pop-up camera for selfies and videos. The front camera comes with different modes, such as beauty, AI shot, super night, and wide selfie. While, at the back, the smartphone features the quad-camera set up. It includes 48MP main sensor, 5MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro sensor, and there's a lens for low light conditions. The night shot lens arrives with an f/1.79 large aperture, which the company says can provide a good photograph at night. On the quality front, both rear and front camera seems pretty decent at this price point.
3) Location and planning
What you want to capture drives your choice of location and time of day and season of the year. Scout your landscapes beforehand to see the direction of the sun, any potential safety issues, or terrain considerations. Then return to shoot during a more flattering time of day.
If you are shooting flowers, note the time of year they bloom. With birds, you need to understand a bit about their habitat and the times of day that they are active. If you want to shoot more dangerous wildlife, it is best to go with someone experienced.
4) Reading the light
As in the previous tip, the direction of the light can be determined by scouting your location prior. You can also do online research on the area or decipher it from other photos taken there.
If you are shooting landscapes, arrive about an hour prior to your sunset/sunrise and position yourself. This way you can focus on your composition and maybe even do some test shots. Play around with your white balance, exposures, and different camera angles.
Nature photography is not only vast but filled with interesting sub-genres and subjects to shoot. As a beginner, most times research precedes shooting. As you learn more about your intended subject and how to capture it, you will become better with time.
With wildlife, patience is a great asset as you spend more time waiting for a sighting. If you love the outdoors, it’s a great way to explore and preserve those fleeting moments. Determine what you want to capture. Take the gear you need when you scout. Research, plan and try to find the best light. Most of all have fun!