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Nature Photography

 
Taking pictures of nature
 
The great outdoors offers a lot of irresistible subjects: landscapes, gardens and individual flowers, trees, waterfalls, and animals. The next time you explore Mother Nature, take these helpful tips with you and bring back some amazing pictures.
 
 
Step into the light
 
 
Look for interesting combinations of color, light, shadow and texture
 
Morning light gives you warmer, yellow colors
 
Late afternoon, or evening light provides colors with a hint of red to full red
 
 
Prevent flare-ups
 
 
Sunlight can hit the camera lens and create flare – those hexagonal shapes that veil over the image
 
Use a hat or your hand to shade your camera
 
Find a location where something like a tree or its limbs can block the direct sun
 
A new angle on life
 
 
Sometimes the best photo is the one you just walked by
 
Look up, look down, look all around you
 
Take a few wide-angle shots of the area
 
Move in close to capture the details of a flower or bark of a tree by using macro mode on your camera
 
Explore your camera modes
 
 
Landscape mode – optimizes the camera settings for landscape photos and capturing objects at great distances
 
Macro mode – perfect for taking extreme close-up photos
 
Panorama stitch mode – combines up to three shots together into one large picture
 

 
 
 
Cut the clutter
 
Unrelated elements compete for the viewer’s attention and draw the eye away from the center of interest
 
 
Fill the frame with your subject by moving in close to exclude any extraneous elements
 
Take vertical pictures of vertical subjects like trees, flowers, and mountains
 
Shoot from a very low or very high angle to help the subject stand out
 
If practical, move the subject to a better location with a cleaner backdrop
 
Capture the full view
 
Take dramatic shots of beautiful landscapes. Capture the whole scene, be it a landscape or plunging waterfall using the panoramic mode.
 
 
 
Location, location, location
 
 
Even city slickers can find opportunities for nature photography – simply head to the park
 
Do a web search of your region, or a location that you plan to visit on vacation
 
Search for gardens, wildlife rehab centers, zoos and various nature preserves