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    Nature Photography

     
    Taking pictures of nature
     
    The great outdoors offers a lot of irresistible subjects: landscapes, gardens and individual flowers, trees, waterfalls, and animals. The next time you explore Mother Nature, take these helpful tips with you and bring back some amazing pictures.
     
     
    Step into the light
     
     
    Look for interesting combinations of color, light, shadow and texture
     
    Morning light gives you warmer, yellow colors
     
    Late afternoon, or evening light provides colors with a hint of red to full red
     
     
    Prevent flare-ups
     
     
    Sunlight can hit the camera lens and create flare – those hexagonal shapes that veil over the image
     
    Use a hat or your hand to shade your camera
     
    Find a location where something like a tree or its limbs can block the direct sun
     
    A new angle on life
     
     
    Sometimes the best photo is the one you just walked by
     
    Look up, look down, look all around you
     
    Take a few wide-angle shots of the area
     
    Move in close to capture the details of a flower or bark of a tree by using macro mode on your camera
     
    Explore your camera modes
     
     
    Landscape mode – optimizes the camera settings for landscape photos and capturing objects at great distances
     
    Macro mode – perfect for taking extreme close-up photos
     
    Panorama stitch mode – combines up to three shots together into one large picture
     

     
     
     
    Cut the clutter
     
    Unrelated elements compete for the viewer’s attention and draw the eye away from the center of interest
     
     
    Fill the frame with your subject by moving in close to exclude any extraneous elements
     
    Take vertical pictures of vertical subjects like trees, flowers, and mountains
     
    Shoot from a very low or very high angle to help the subject stand out
     
    If practical, move the subject to a better location with a cleaner backdrop
     
    Capture the full view
     
    Take dramatic shots of beautiful landscapes. Capture the whole scene, be it a landscape or plunging waterfall using the panoramic mode.
     
     
     
    Location, location, location
     
     
    Even city slickers can find opportunities for nature photography – simply head to the park
     
    Do a web search of your region, or a location that you plan to visit on vacation
     
    Search for gardens, wildlife rehab centers, zoos and various nature preserves