Most of us have a camera in our pockets at all times. With the spread of smartphones, we can take a picture whenever and wherever we want. While that is incredibly handy, it does not mean that we are automatically the best photographers out there. It is especially hard when we are trying to capture an amazing photo out in nature, but lack the skills to really pull it off. But there is hope. Here are some tips on taking a nature photo with only your smartphone.
1. Look at what is around you
If you are looking to capture the ambiance of the location you are in, you need to start by looking around to figure out what it is precisely that you want to take a picture of. Is it the light? Is it the leaves? The color? It could be any number of things that are drawing your attention.
2. Get up close and personal
If you can take a picture right up close, you will be amazed at what you can capture. Not every nature shot needs to be a landscape. Actually taking pictures of something familiar without the cliché look may give you exactly what you have been looking for.
3. Take the season into consideration
Every season has an element about it that makes it unique and it should be taken into account when you are looking for the perfect shot. The lighting will need to be adjusted depending on the weather and the season.
4. The sky is your backdrop
The sky really is the best background that you can get when it comes to taking a picture. The sky’s colors constantly change throughout the day and throughout the year, giving you a huge variety of types of photos that you could be taking. Use the unpredictability of the sky to create something unique.
5. What time of day are you trying to take the picture?
The lighting will make a big difference in what the picture will wind up looking like. You do not want to have the sun directly overhead or to aim directly at it. The sun can significantly affect how your picture will look.
6. Understand that it takes time
Rarely are you going to get your perfect shot on the first attempt, and it may take a couple of goes to get it right. Be patient.
7. Don’t over-filter
It is so tempting to use the filters that come with your phone or photography apps. But don’t assume that nature is not good enough on its own. Try taking a picture first without any adjustments or enhancements.
8. Photo burst is best when trying for action shots
It can be really hard to capture movement, but it is possible with photo burst options. Then it takes a whole series of pictures quickly, and you can go through later and find one that matches what you were hoping to catch.
9. You can add to the depth
Using the trees and scenery to frame your shot will give a better sense of depth and distance. This is especially important when you are trying to take a picture of a landscape. Without the scenery, the picture could look flat.
10. Look at the whole picture
See where you are standing and look at what is all around you. If you wanted to take a picture of a tree, for example, see if there was anything around the tree that should frame the picture as well. Include any undergrowth in the picture, add in the sky when possible, and make sure you are using the best light available.
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