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5 Ways To Capture Great Nature Photographs

1. Change Perspective

It’s quite easy to get into the habit of taking nature photographs from the same perspective, the most common perspective being either at eye level or shooting it from a bird’s-eye view.

With every subject we photograph, we consistently try to experiment with different angles and perspectives – especially for nature photographs.

The photograph below is a great example of how we photographed this wisteria from a very low perspective, pointing the camera up towards the sky which creates a beautiful light blue backdrop.

So remember to move around a lot, get low down, stand high up, shoot it from the side… etc. Basically keep changing the perspective until you feel you have enough variety to choose from, which means afterwards when you import the photographs onto your laptop – you can pick your favourite shot with enough variety to choose from.

We edited this photograph with the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset which is also available for Photoshop: Whipped Cream Photoshop Action

2. Get Your Macro Lens Out

Many of our most popular nature photographs are taken with our macro lens, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens, which enables us to get really close-up shots with more detail and depth of field than one would be able to capture without using a macro lens. Macro lenses are absolutely incredible for nature shots!

We edited this photograph with the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset which is also available for Photoshop: Whipped Cream Photoshop Action

3. Capture Abundance

When you have the chance to fill the frame with an abundance of flowers, take total advantage of it! It’s not always easy and sometimes there aren’t enough to fill an entire frame (hence the suggestion above to use a macro lens can be so useful – as you only need a few flowers for it), so when you have a mass of flowers try and fill the frame with them.

The result can look amazing – especially when you get the right balance between capturing a lot in the frame, but not so much that it becomes messy/too busy. Using a low aperture works really well to help prevent this.

We edited this photograph with the Natural Colours Lightroom Preset

4.  Photograph Nature In Morning Light

If you go out in the morning on the early side when the sun is out – ideally when it’s either frosted overnight (winter season) or on dewy mornings when light/droplets reflects on the plants, not forgetting those gorgeous cobwebs which appear in the mornings – capturing all these things through the camera lens is sensational and will have you glued to your camera for hours… we know because we have done so ourselves! Nature is usually amazing to photograph in the mornings – whether it’s frost, sun, rain, dew, cobwebs… it’s all so photogenic!

We edited this photograph with the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset which is also available for Photoshop: Whipped Cream Photoshop Action

5. Less Is More

Sometimes when we/one try and get creative – we overcomplicate it and forget to keep things simple! The photograph below is a very good example of that – capturing nature in a very simplistic, minimal way can be incredibly powerful. This was taken from a very low perspective, with the sky (grey sky!) as a backdrop. It’s focusing in on the detail of the gorgeous stem and beauty of a single (or two) poppy, which you don’t necessarily see in a photo with a mass of poppies!

We edited this photograph with the Whipped Cream Lightroom Preset which is also available for Photoshop: Whipped Cream Photoshop Action

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Olivia L'Estrange-Bell

Olivia L'Estrange-Bell - English, 23yrs. Entrepreneur. Digital Products. Photographs for License. Fund Raising

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