22 Tips to Help You Become A Better Nature Photographer

When it comes to improving upon your nature photography,  you are already an expert because you love being outdoors and camping close to nature. That love will naturally lead to some great shots so the good news is, you can continue glamping and use these extra 22 ways to become a better nature photographer while having a ball!

1. Go for a different angle, on a rock or picnic bench to shoot down at the subject or squat down and shoot up.


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2. Use flash with a night portrait setting right after sunset to brighten up the low light of twilight.


3. To grab a sweet shot of tall trees,  lay flat on the ground and try different views.


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4. Take extra time and shoot the same photo on several different device settings.  For example, night portrait, bird-watching, sunset, moon and then automatic.  Jot down the settings and study the photos later to get a good grasp of what your device will do for you.


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5. Frame it, while you are shooting. Take note of surrounding trees, bushes and landscape features that may provide symmetry and balance around your main subject.


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6. Hold the camera still. If you are not using a tripod, it is crucial to hold the camera steady as you push the button. Take a breath, hold until focused and snap the shutter on the out breath.


7. It’s not a hard and fast rule to keep the sun behind you, but the sun shining on a object is desirable because all that light is on your chosen subject.


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8. Early morning and early evening are the most superb times for photography.


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9. Light changes in seconds. Light that was fantastic five seconds before the sun sets is not the same as the light at sunset.  Or five seconds later.  Give your self time to walk down the hill while the ball is sinking. It disappears swiftly.


10.  You can take fantastic photos after sunset. Use the night landscape or night portrait setting.  Night landscape setting takes longer to process.


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11.  Night portrait puts the flash on. Try this setting on a beach,  or in front of the forest.  It will light up the bottom half of your photo.


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12.  Patience.  Sitting and waiting is sometimes more fruitful than actively seeking birds and other animals. Pick a spot to relax and wait for them to not notice you.


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13.  If you park or sit in the same spot a half-hour before dawn every morning, area wildlife grow accustomed to it and will ignore all but the most frenzied movement.


14. Move slowly and quietly is a good rule,  however, in an RV camp or cabin;  the local wildlife is already accustomed to some movement and noise.


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15. Always carry spare batteries,  spare card, film or storage chip.  The pros always have an extra camera as well.


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16. Go for the an object’s reflection rather than the moon or other object.  A tree, branch or moonbeams on the water is always a beautiful shot.


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17. Soft and brilliant, natural light occurs after it rains. When nature drops tiny prisms atop the yurt, it’s a blessing.


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18. Shoot for the moon. Remember, it is farther away than most cameras can reach and moon photos may require a tripod, but don’t give up.


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19. Steady yourself against a tree, or stand straight and tall and hold on with less powerful cameras to get shots of the moon.


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20. Birds, flying, moving birds. Tricky at best, sitting and waiting is great but if you can find where they eat, you may catch even more shots.


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21. Consult with your concierge or other local residents. They will know if the rare, Arctic snowy owl is hanging out at the luggage rack or other unusual places.


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22. The cardinal rule, never be without your camera!


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