Eight tips to make you a qualified outdoor photographer
- Dec 02, 2019
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In the world we live in, nature is like a huge creative treasure house, from which countless painters, poets and photographers will draw endless creative inspiration and create countless great works of art. However, for photography, it seems to be different from other art forms, because no matter how many times they have been photographed, photographers can always find and record new things in the same place. With a little patience, a few unique perspectives, and some good luck, outdoor photographers are fully capable of bringing us into a magical world after pressing the shutter. Before that, of course, we need to master a few key points in order to be a more qualified outdoor photographer.
1. Searching for the Beautiful Light1、
Although in some people's eyes light is light, and nothing special, but for a photographer, this view does not hold. At different times of the day, light tends to have distinct "personalities and characteristics", and only by understanding and mastering the changes and characteristics of light can we inspire the most beautiful side of nature. Usually, outdoor photographers like to divide their shooting environments into the following categories according to the light, including soft moments in the morning, strong moments at noon, cloudy and cloudy moments, golden moments and blue moments. No matter what kind of light condition, it has its unique charm. However, most photographers still love the golden and blue moments, when the light is softest at sunset, and the images taken at this time tend to have more vivid color and contrast. In addition, these two moments are also the most suitable time for silhouette shooting.
2. Strengthen depth by increasing prospects2、
Do not think that landscape photography can only present famous mountains and rivers in the picture, and timely adding objects such as people or vehicles as prospects in the composition can not only bring a stronger sense of depth to the image, but also make the scenery which may be slightly dull glow with different vitality. In addition, these elements can also play a role in guiding the viewer to achieve and present contrast effect.
3. Flexible Use of Natural and Artificial Reflections3、
If you are a photographer who has just been exposed to outdoor photography, you may neglect the importance of reflection in the shooting process. Whether natural reflection such as lake reflection or reflection through artificial objects such as windows and mirrors, if properly applied to landscape photography, will add luster to your work. For example, in order to introduce reflection into the picture, some outdoor landscape photographers even park their car in a specific location and take pictures from the car's reflector. As for the reflection in the natural environment, if you are lucky enough to happen to encounter calm water, the symmetrical natural landscape will have great visual impact.
4. Looking at the World from a Different Perspective4、
We have to say that human beings are creatures with such habits. We always like to find a comfort zone of our own. Once we find it, we are reluctant to seek new breakthroughs and challenges, so that we are finally bound to it and lose our original creativity. For photographers, this applies equally. We habitually look at the world from one angle. In order to reignite the spark of creativity, as outdoor photographers, we should not forget to constantly try and change perspectives, and enhance the diversity of works. Sometimes we even have to stain our clothes and lie on the ground at a low angle to shoot, or put the focus on the long-term perspective to blur the prospects. Once you learn to look for different ways of expression before you start shooting, you will find that you can always see more of the same scenery than others.
5. Don't forget to look outside the camera bag.5、
If you're a typical travel photographer, you may have a set of equipment you use more often in your camera bag, and bring them with you every time you go out to shoot. If that's the case, try to carry some different equipment before you go out next time to see what other equipment can be used besides the camera bag. For example, install a fisheye lens or a wide-angle lens, or try long exposure with a tripod. One of the great pleasures for outdoor photographers is to make more creative shots by changing equipment.
6. Artificial light is also a good choice.6、
Although natural lighting conditions are particularly important for taking pictures of the scenery, don't be tied up by them. It's just getting dark and you're ready to close down. At this time, if you still have no idea, you might as well take out the flash or headlamp, which can illuminate the tool, and use artificial light to supplement the natural scenery. The ideal situation is to have a close friend as an assistant to help you light up, so that the shooting will be more cost-effective.
7. Inspiration from the Night Sky7、
Even without the help of nobles, the night sky after sunset can still provide us with a huge creative space, the galaxy, the stars and even the aurora. The splendor of the night sky is more than that of the day. Some photographers like to use wide-angle lenses and tripods with large apertures, and push up the ISO fuselage to capture the brilliance of the stars, while others tend to reduce the ISO's ability to present the charm of the orbit with the lowest shutter speed possible. Whatever subject we prefer to shoot, the first thing we need to do is to stay as far away from the city as possible to minimize light pollution. In addition, shooting in the night sky is more demanding for the photographer's own technology and equipment than during the day. Of course, if it's really hard to avoid light pollution, it's also a good choice to shoot colorful skies between sunset and dark.