Introduction to Natural Landscape Photography
- Oct 17, 2019
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What do people who are enthusiastic about nature need to know if they want to enter the field of natural scenery photography? Or do you shoot directly, no matter how much? Obviously not. Every field is knowledge. Next, take you to the door of natural scenery photography. Please arrange your order and get started.~
First, why should we take pictures of natural scenery?
Everyone has reason to shoot nature. Maybe you want to win a prize at a national photo exhibition or photography club, maybe you want to publish your pictures in calendars, magazines or books, maybe you want to make a beautiful website or make gorgeous paintings to hang on the wall, maybe you just like to use digital cameras and computers to make pictures, maybe you like to be in nature. Photographing provides an excuse for enjoying nature. You can also take photographs for interest or money. There is at least one reason why you are engaged in natural photography. Most likely, you have more than one reason.
Morning dew grass must carry many lovely things, such as this common St. John's grass with delicate spider webs covered with dew.
2. The Best Place for Natural Photography
The most amazing thing about natural photography is that you can do it anywhere and you don't need to travel around the world. Even if you are in a big city, there are natural areas nearby. Maybe you should start shooting from your own home. If you have a lawn in your house, maybe you can plant it as a garden. In this way, you will have many opportunities to photograph flowers and insects attracted by flowers. Feeders and baths attract many different kinds of colorful birds. Any grassland covered with wild flowers is also a place to be photographed, especially in cold dewy mornings. The forests, lakes, marshes and coasts around you offer many opportunities for natural photography, as well as a lot of public land for use.
In the meadow where wild flowers are everywhere, we must look for the most beautiful flowers, like these blooming Lewis monkey face flowers.
3. Carefully set foot on this land
Respect for your subject and the environment is crucial. Minimize your impact on the natural world. It's hard to do absolutely nothing, but it can minimize your impact. Don't destroy the subject. Don't pick wild flowers. Stay in the path or open space as far as possible, and don't trample on the fragile flowers. Don't disturb wild animals. For example, I like to shoot wild orchids. I must not destroy the orchids in flowering period. It is important to identify whether they are in flowering period, so that orchids will not be harmed. Every year I photograph a pair of nesting birds near my home. I always choose the angle that is the easiest to photograph the nest. Birds are used to the angle that I photograph them. But some frightening birds even give up their nests if someone disturbs them, so it's too risky to photograph them.
It would be nice to have a small yard friendly to wildlife. Every June, several pairs of bluebirds nest in our wooden nest box.
With a 200 mm micro lens, the blooming flowers stand out from the background.
5. Use of Excellent Equipment
It's important to buy a good camera, but of course you don't need to buy the latest and top-notch one. I have a lot of devices because I want to find better ways to get high quality pictures through these devices. I'm not an equipment enthusiast. Like you, I'm trying to understand new photographic equipment. It's really a pleasure to use a machine for nature photography, so it's very important that your camera has the functions you need. I will accurately describe the equipment and reasons I use, but I will also make other suggestions to save money or make it easy to carry.
Black-headed tits. Their flying speed is very fast. They hold a 300 mm lens with image anti shake function. The sensitivity is at least iso200, and the aperture is about F / 5.6 to maintain a high shutter speed to get a clear picture.
No matter what kind of camera you use, it will be updated quickly. This is especially true today with the rapid development of digital technology. You're always tempted by the latest, best fuselage and camera. But the camera itself doesn't take a good picture of itself, so don't rely too much on these devices. Developing good shooting habits and sticking to the quality of photos are the key to becoming a truly excellent natural photographer. Use tripods whenever possible, find suitable subjects, use light well, focus carefully, thoughtful composition and creative perspective are all necessary elements for a good picture. When you embark on the journey of photography, the replacement of machinery and equipment is so fast, and the improvement of shooting techniques will not be so fast, so there is no need to invest too much energy in updating equipment, learning to focus on the art of natural photography knowledge is far more important than cameras and lenses.
The northern pomfret is a small bird of ferocious nature that preys on it during the day. It often patrols around our wild bird feeders in the hope of finding careless birds.
7. Become a Better Naturalist
The more you know about nature, the better your photos will be. Being a good naturalist does not require a degree in biology. Many avian flower enthusiasts are self-taught. Many professional guidebooks also provide very detailed information. Many nature research centers, local universities, and parks categorize natural history courses, which can broaden your knowledge of nature. The more you know about nature, the more you will enjoy the outdoors and find more things to shoot. While learning digital photography, the best natural photographers try to acquire more natural knowledge like naturalists.
The little grasshopper perches on the golden chrysanthemum.
Are professional nature photographers much better than amateur nature photographers? I only know a few professional nature photographers. Some of them are better than amateur photographers and some are worse than amateur photographers. Professional photographers just depend on whether you make a living by photography or not. Amateur photographers have other sources of income. Professional or amateur, in fact, has nothing to do with the level of knowledge or skills, it just shows the source of income. Alan Charnley is one of the best photographers I know, and there is no doubt that he ranks among the top ten natural photographers in my mind. You shouldn't have heard of him, because his pictures are never sold. He has been my dentist for 30 years. The pictures he took were incredibly good, but he didn't need these natural photographs to make money. He took pictures purely because he liked them. Many amateur photographers like Allen are as good as professionals. Everyone can be a good natural photographer if he takes the time and energy to find something wonderful and shoot it.
The best time to shoot the geyser basin in the middle of January afternoon is clear and calm. It is artificially synthesized from three independent images.