WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
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7 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
April really is a lovely time of year. This month is in the midst of spring here in the U.K. and we are finally able to enjoy all of the wonderful things that come with that; The snowdrops and bluebells, the clear blue skies (when we’re not having April showers of course) and the bumble bees, to name a few!
So, what better time to write a few tips for anyone wanting to get out and take some Nature Photographs!?
Lens - Depending on your level, it’s worth thinking about the type of lens you’ll use (or the type of setting you’ll use on your phone – if that’s what you’re using to shoot with!). They do say “The best camera is the one you have with you” so there’s no need to let the potential lack of “pro” equipment stop you! Ideally you want a long focal length with a long reach and a wide aperture, such as f/1.4 or f/1.8, to be able to observe nature without disturbing it (some of these settings are on phones too!). It may also be worth shooting with a cropped sensor as well, as these use lenses that have a more pronounced/effective focal length!
Other Equipment – If you’re shooting remotely it could be worth packing a bag with extra batteries or a tripod for stability.
Clothing – It might seem like a silly one, but if you’re dressed appropriately (and plan ahead, i.e. packing a coat, so you can stay until sunset) then there’s nothing stopping you from getting that shot!
Texture – Zoom in and play around, tree bark, the forest floor or even just a beautiful leaf can make for beautiful and sometimes abstract shots! It’s not always about capturing the whole scene. If you’re wanting to invest further you could always look into a macro lens too!
Research – If you’re wanting to go down the animal route it’s definitely worth studying your subject and their habitat, in order to help you predict potential shots. Likewise, if you’re wanting to photograph a particular flower or plant in bloom, doing a little bit of research prior to shooting, could make all the difference.
Respect – “Leave only footprints”. Try to take any rubbish home and try not to disturb natural environments if possible. You’re photographing a sensitive world and home for many and with just a little bit of planning it can be left in the exact same way you found it, happy days!
Lighting - Natural light photography is outdoor photography using direct or indirect light from the sun or moon. Just after sunrise or just before sunset are when the sun looks most soft and hazy i.e. “Golden Hours”. Shooting at these times will eliminate any harsh midday shadows and create more atmospheric shots. It may also mean that it may be quieter when you’re shooting in more high-traffic or tourist areas (win-win). You might also find that you spot more wildlife who were avoiding the heat of the day too!
These shots were taken on a walk with my lovely mum at the beautiful Goldsworth Park in Woking. My main tip is to go out and have fun, I loved shooting these and I hope it shows!