Nature Photography for Beginners

Doing photos in nature has its own set of problems, that are not like those you encounter in the city. That’s why I want to talk about some of the things you need to think about before embarking on such an expedition.

Do your Homework

Every environment has different conditions you can encounter. Remember this is nature, and you don’t want to be surprised by something all alone in the wilderness. That’s why you need to know what region you are visiting, and what to expect from the landscape and wildlife that you will encounter. Be thorough in your research, this can help you in different ways. You will know what camping equipment to take, what camera equipment to take, and just generally how to prepare for the journey.

Before embarking on the trip make a list of things you need to take with you and all the things you need to do in order to prepare for the stay in the wild. Like buying the things you are missing and making sure you have good protection for your camera and other equipment.

Some Technical Advice

Try to save your photos in RAW format. It will take up more space than JPEG photos, but they have a greater pixel density and the detailing is better. So, don’t waste your clicks, take in the scenery and chose what you want to capture.

Use the lowest possible ISO. The high of the ISO number should always depend on the light exposure that you encounter in different situations. Lowering the number will make it possible for the camera to take in more of the natural light.

Use autofocus, especially when taking photos of wildlife. Since everything in nature moves, it can be hard sometimes to manually focus while taking photos. That’s why the autofocus can be a god sent, especially when you are a beginner. And never forget the tripod!


Prepare Yourself Mentally

The wilderness can be overwhelming sometimes, especially at night. Make sure you have everything you need to feel safe. Protect your equipment from the elements. Take things that can make you feel comfortable. But remember this is not a hotel, in the wild, you encounter challenges that are worth overcoming so don’t get discouraged in the first step. Remember that some discomfort can go a long way, especially when you sit around waiting for an interesting specimen to pass bay.