Nature photography


One photograph can make a fallen, half dead rose in the middle of the road look beautiful. One photograph can show something with the depth that your eyes can never catch. One photograph can be a reason for a sudden smile that crosses your face. One photograph can make you cry. That one photograph holds the power to change the way you look at the world. And what better model can you get to pose for your camera than this beautiful nature. Nature in itself hides infinitely many dimensions of beauty. Each of it waiting to be explored. It speaks the language of eyes and reaches our heart. You can actually form a connection with nature through these photographs. So if you have a thing for clicking pictures, then move out and capture everything in it that you can because nature alters its expression every moment. You just need the eye to notice it.


In my article I am going to talk about a few things that you can keep in mind while clicking nature photographs. Before you go ahead and click a picture just take some time to look around and get familiar with your surroundings. Sit and examine each aspect of your subject and figure out what exactly you want to capture. If you are in a desert area. It can be the way the wind blows the sand at great speed. It can be the pattern the wind draws in the sand. It can be the multiple dunes around in perfect symmetry. You know it can be anything, you just need to find out what. Also, don’t just look at larger frame of a landscape. When in a beautiful place, we tend to be awe struck by the larger view and ignore other smaller equally important subjects. So next time you are there to take photographs of a beautiful place, just look around yourself. Look within ten feet of where you are standing. You might find some extraordinary subject for your camera. Even the picture of a pebble if taken properly can be a great click. And even when you are capturing a large frame, make sure the focus of your camera is shifted right. You can focus on a far off distant of thing in your picture like a distant mountain peak to increase the depth and the context of your photo. Or you can focus on a near object of visual interest like a tree which is close, that will amply its presence and add an altogether different dimension to the portrait.


You can also try to work against the conventions. Try using the sunlight as the back light. It means you put your camera facing the sun and the sunlight falling on the backside of your subject. If the picture taken ideally, it creates an excellent effect. Other than that, another excellent way of taking nature photographs is to capture the dynamics of a natural action. For example, if you are near the sea or the river, try to capture the moving waves with a dynamic effect. Or water running over a rock or something. If you are taking the photograph of a tree, try adding the effects of moving leaves. If it a desert, try to bring in the effect of wind blowing away the sand. You can capture a bird flying or a moving cloud. Given that movement is an integral part of our lives, all these things add an extra aesthetic value to your picture. Photography is all about how you choose to present a picture.


Photographers should try to work with weather variations. While a sunny day might be perfect at any time, you can also choose other days to experiment with your photography. For example a rainy day might just be best to portray a particular mood or emotion. Similarly choose stormy days or cold winter days for different natural effects. Rainbows, sunsets and sunrises work equally well. In fact many photographers call the time of dawn or dust as the golden hour of photography, this is because the light at this time seems perfect for captures. Well, apart from using all these tips, you also have to take care of the angle at which you click your picture. You don’t necessarily have to keep it straight and in landscape mode. You can experiment with different angles that add a fresh look to natural site. You can also think about keeping your picture vertical. Photographers usually believe that horizontal photos work best for scenic pictures but that is not true, vertical pictures have their own beauty.


Well that was all about photography. Proper skills and good timing can help you get the right click in no time. However, after clicking the picture its editing is equally important. Editing can actually make or damage a beautiful picture. While editing might be absolutely essential in some pics to increase its value, like adding brightness in the picture when there isn’t proper light or cropping your picture to remove whatever is unwanted, it is important that your editing doesn’t take away the natural beauty and hence the essence that the pic originally captured. So sure you should go ahead and edit if you like but not at the cost of the naturalness of the photograph. So, what are we waiting for now. Photography is a great passtime for all those who enjoy it. Get out of your homes and explore the beauties of nature and you might find a talented photographer in yourself.


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