From trees to waterfalls, everything nature has to offer is mesmerizing to the human eye and every sane person on earth, photographer or not, has tried to capture that beauty with a lens at least once in their lives.

If you want to click those photos that will make the viewers forget they can blink, keep reading for some amazing nature photography tips for beginners.

What Is Nature Photography

Nature photography is a vast field that involves many different types of outdoor photography. Green spaces, cloud covers, waters, birds, and wilderness are examples of this.

If you fancy exploring the beauty of nature, chances are you’ll enjoy nature photography as well and probably want to learn all about it.

The Five Elements of Nature Photography Compositions

Before we hop to the tips, let’s talk about the essential elements of Nature Photography. These will help you understand how to shoot the same view from various angles. These are:

Lines

nature photography tips for beginners

Lines are one of the most attractive elements one can use in nature, especially in landscape photography, to direct the viewer’s gaze to a certain point in the image.

In fact, We have all unknowingly used this element because it is highly irresistible.

Ever walked on a lonely path with trees on both sides? Could you resist taking your camera out? I can hear you saying a big NO right now. That path, my friend, was a line you used!

Shapes

Shapes photography tips in nature photography

Every element in your field of view has a unique shape, and every shape has a different impact on your audience.

A circle, for instance, can evoke a sense of peace and harmony while also guiding the viewer’s gaze around and within the sphere.

A triangle, on the other side, will end up making your picture seem so much bolder and symmetrical.
This will also draw the public’s attention to a particular path, so purpose and planning are required when using this (or any) shape.

Framing

Framing photography tips in nature photography

Framing is the use of foreground components to surround a primary object in it.
This brings visual appeal to your images and draws the viewer further into the spot.

Framing is an excellent way to draw attention to your central focus while also providing ample details about your position.

Depth

Depth photography tips

You’ve probably seen pictures that look somewhat three-dimensional as if you could dive straight into them.
This is known as depth, and it is the fourth element of composition in nature photography.

Depth, in my personal belief, is among the most important but overlooked element of photography.

A plain and repetitive image will not spark the viewer if it lacks depth, but if it is deep enough, the viewer will have something worth admiring.

Point of View

Point of View photography tips in nature photography

The last element is the point of view.

This is a captivating element because it demands coming up with ideas and being clever with each spot.

To ace this element, you must experiment with different camera angles. Get nearer to your subject and click from below, above, behind, or immediately in front of it.

The result of the photograph can be greatly affected by something as simple as stooping down to grasp the details in the scene.

Nature Photography Tips

You must have understood the elements of nature photography by now. This means you are ready for the next step that is the tips for stunning outdoor photography:

Bring the Right Equipment

Every photography genre requires a specific lens: if you are shooting landscapes then a wide-angle lens is your buddy, but you’ll have to switch to zoom lenses for wildlife.

Also, a tripod is a must no matter when or where you choose to flaunt your skills because your hands can never be as steady as a tripod, especially if you’re as fidgety as I am.

I would also recommend having a remote shutter or using a timer to keep your hands away from the device while it shoots.

Apart from that, keep an eye on the weather conditions and location before you start clicking: if it’s raining, you need a waterproof cover for your lens. Similarly, a lens hood is required to get rid of the glare in your images.

Experiment with Manual Exposures

While auto modes can be your best friend as a beginner, you may have to break that friendship when looking forward to getting aesthetic with your snaps.

Experiment with different ISO, brightness, contrast, and other settings and see the magic you can do.

I am not going to recommend what settings are the best because every setting has its own effect and can impact the photo at different levels: be creative!

Take a Lot of Shots

Don’t be ashamed of clicking one scene again and again because you’ll never know which click will do the job: try to change the angle and camera settings for every couple of shots to get a variety of photos to choose from.

Get a New Perspective

As we discussed in the elements, point of view can have a huge impact on the visuals.

If you have seen the memes on photographers lately, you’ll know how people have a laugh how a photographer is ‘posing’ more than the model nowadays.

Why? To get a new perspective of course!

Everyone can shoot the spiral stairs from the front, but it takes a creative mind to capture it from above to create depth.

Stop Shooting JPEG Images (When Using A DSLR)

RAW images preserve all the details your lens can see while JPEG is a compressed form of the image so it is often less detailed and can have a negative effect on the quality of your photographs.

It is good to shoot RAW images and save them JPEG in the post-production if you want.

Use both Landscape and Portrait Modes

Remember, you can always delete it later but you can rarely click the same scene again.

Both landscape and portrait orientations show their own beautiful views of an object: to avoid feeling bad later, click one frame in both modes.

Choose the Perfect Timing

Decide what type of photo you want to capture before you go for it. The lighting conditions change throughout the day and you need to choose the right time for the conditions you require.

Conclusion

Nature photography is not rocket science and anyone with a love for God’s creation can learn it. Just a pinch of imagination and mindfulness of creativity is required to show the world the glory of God’s creations.

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