Nature photography is the initial way my passion for photography grew.
It’s everywhere for one, but nature is one of the easiest places to be creative. Today, I want to share some tips on how to improve or start you photography journey using the nature around us.
My Tips for Beginners!
1. Zoom in! The photo above was a plant placed in a tiny garden next to a bridge in the city. By zooming in (or rather getting the camera super close to the subject to ensure quality), you will fill the entire frame with the flowers, plants, or whatever nature subject you’re shooting. This opens up the possibilities of what to shoot, but also creates a beautiful photo.
2. If you don’t have a DSLR to get the bokeh (blurry background), you have some options. First, if you have an iPhone, portrait mode will give you a similar effect; however, you have to stand farther away and may lose the ability to do tip #1.
I recommend picking one flower, plant, branch, water feature, etc. to focus on and placing that in one of the “thirds” of the frame. That means mentally dividing the frame into thirds (horizontally and/or vertically) and picking a general area. The photo above shows the middle third going horizontal; however the bigger flowers appear in the left third vertically.
3. Edit. If you have no idea how to edit, most phones have an option to edit right on the photo! To start off, I would play around a little—A LITTLE—with the contrast. Boost that up a bit, maybe drop the exposure/brightness. You could also sharpen the photo a little. Playing with the colors would be the next step. I almost always warm the tones in my photos.
If all of that sounds like too much, Adobe Lightroom has a free version for iPhone (and I assume others) where you can purchase third-party presets and import them into the app. You will still want to learn the basics of editing. Each time I use a preset, I have to adjust the contrast (down typically) and exposure. It really all comes down to personal preference. My main tip is to not be afraid to edit, but start little by little.
I hope these tips help! I know they are super simple and possibly even common sense, but if you’ve been inching to get more creative with your camera/phone, nature is such a good starting point.
Feel free to browse my Instagram for how I personally like to photograph nature. 🙂 Also, leave your tips in the comments! Photography is always a learning process!
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