Fine Art Nature Photography

Are you looking for some fresh ideas on fine art nature photography? It is rare to just point and shoot at nature without thought and a good photograph will come from it. Fine art nature photography requires some time and thought – only then can you get the results you had hoped for. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on the subject so that your portfolio can grow both in quantity and quality!

Some Technical Information

I am just going to touch briefly on the technical side – as fine art nature photography does need some special considerations. The first point that should be made is relevant to light exposure. You may have already realized that being outdoors taking photos of nature is quite the opposite to shooting something in a studio – you simply can’t control the light. When choosing a viewpoint, you should look at more than one option and mentally note the light exposure and the role of shadows.

If you have just purchased a brand spanking new camera then it is well worth your time to explore its functionality. Get to know your camera like it would be your best friend – and then it can never let you down (hopefully!) Practice so much that you can with manual focus and don’t be too quick to rely on the auto focus. The next lesson you need to take is in macro photography, learning the tricks of this function can take your nature photos to a whole new level! Imagine producing a fine image of a close-up flower in bloom or portraying any texture in more detail – it can be so captivating!

The Subject of Birds and Wildlife

In terms of shooting birds with the camera – the most important skill you can have is patience! Speak with any professional in the field of fine art nature photography and they will tell you that you have to research your subjects – especially if they like to move around a lot! We have all witnessed how birds can react quickly to their surroundings and are very likely to fly off should you disturb them (perhaps the only exception are pigeons!) Listen to those in the know and read up about the birds or other animals that you wish to take photos of. Discover their habits which will reveal the secrets as to how you can develop the perfect shot.

Take this knowledge and practice close to home – perhaps taking photos of your neighbor’s pet rabbit as it darts around its enclosure, or go to the local park and see what you can find for your practice sake. This will give you an idea as to how to follow animals and use your camera at the right moment – when you feel confident you can move on to your main interest. Another great place where you can practice is a zoo or animal refuge center.

The Subject of Trees and Flowers

Have you ever asked how you can get a more than average shot of a flower or tree? With fine art nature photography – the rules can be bent and you should learn to be open to experimentation. Through experimenting with nature you can capture your subjects so that the end result draws in an audience – prodding you for tips and advice (whether you reveal your secret is up to you!)

Try to play around with lighting and going out at different times in the day. Bokeh effects are another area that you can play around with, as is macro photography. Trees are an incredible subject and you can create various moods and atmospheres with simply photographing trees – eerie, majestic, luminescent etc. Trees can be a good start for the amateur photographer as their subject stays still.