Step by Step Instructions to Photograph Nature and Wildlife


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Terry Shaddock: If you have an interest in wildlife or nature photography there is a good chance you have seen an image at some point that has completely taken your breath away. Maybe it was a photograph of a sweeping landscape washed in the golden light of the sun or close-up of some small natural miracle. Well, the majority of those incredible photographs came about through a good deal of physical hardship, practiced patience, and a healthy amount of self-made luck.


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Step by Step Instructions to Photograph Nature and Wildlife:

Step by Step Instructions to Photograph Nature and Wildlife Terry Shaddock


Introduction Nature has the nonstop mine of surprises and beauty which we all want to capture. We regularly get shocked by the stunning Nature or Wildlife photographs in the trendy travel or science magazines. So what is the secret of taking eye-catching Nature photographs? Well, as true for every type of Art, Photography is something which you want to master. Knowledge, practice, imagination and a high-quality Camera is what you need most of the time.


Camera So which Camera? Perhaps it is Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji or Pentax. They all manufacture good quality cameras. So decide the Camera which fits your budget and into your bag. Digital SLRs feature exchangeable lens. They all will come with kit lens which is normally about 17-55mm 2.8-3.5f. Lens with picture stabilizer and autofocus, quality will be an additional benefit if you shoot Wildlife. Don't forget a good tripod.

See the Light:

See the Light Nature photography is a lot regarding seeing the light. The same location can look different in different part of the day depending on the daylight, presence or absence of cloud, sand or humidity in the air. So see the light and evaluate it in your mind. If you see the light in the morning, it will have a temperate golden or yellow tenor. Noon is bright through a deep shade or if the climate is sandy making it less eye-catching for photo shoots, it will make a smog; evening or afternoon light will be reddish-yellow or red. So being able to feel and see the light and deciding your scenery subject or theme based on the lights existing is something you need to study and follow.


Travel Travelling is important to take superior landscape photographs. Travelling should not be limited to reviewing the area, but it should involve visiting the place in different parts of the year. Once you decide the area, for example, a forest or a valley, you should walk around as much as probable to discover different attractive locations or spots of great natural beauty. Once you recognize those places, you may be capable of imaging some attractive work of art in your mind before taking photographs.

Take Notes:

Take Notes Taking notes is a good habit for scenery photographers. The note should consist of day, time of the year, explanation of the place and landscape, part of the country and the subject of the photos. Also, note should consist of the technical feature of the Camera and the shooting information. Next time, you can evaluate them and find out your deficiency and find out how to get the best out of a condition.

Compose Your Shot:

Compose Your Shot Composing scenery or nature photography takes a lot of imagination and also good observing capability. Sometimes, getting close or far from a subject brings out the best of the subject and its surroundings. For example, if you see a flower, you may like to get close to it to take a close-up or you may also consist of the surrounding bushes or trees to generate interesting perspective. The same is true for taking peaks, rivers or valley etc.

Use Tripod:

Use Tripod Using Tripod is a good habit, particularly when you are taking photos in low light or photos of a fast moving object. For low light photography, you may have to apply the shutter speed like 1/50 or higher. If you don't use Tripod in these incidents, you will surely end up blurring your picture. So carry a Tripod whenever possible. Try carbon fiber Tripods instead of metal one as these are lightweight and easier to carry.

Love Nature and Wildlife:

Love Nature and Wildlife If you love Nature and Wildlife, you will take the Photographs from the heart and it will be your passion to bring the best of its beauty and its secrets. So try to develop the love from within by thinking positive about it and reading some great books on Nature and Wildlife.

Believe in Luck and Have Persistence:

Believe in Luck and Have Persistence Nature photography or Wildlife photography is for a moment just luck. You may be in a place for some time, but it may occur that some interesting thing may happen after you leave. Of you may see something interesting but before you are ready, it is over. So yes believe in luck in those cases as you can't organize the environment or your subjects. Also, have patience while taking Wildlife or landscape photos. You may have dotted a bird's nest, but you may have to wait for hours tolerantly for the bird to come back to its nest.

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