Top 15 Nature Photography Tips (TP EP-21)

Main Segment – Top 15 nature photography tips

Nick’s top 5

  • Expose for the highlights
  • Ask yourself  “what is the story, and why do I want to take this photo”
  • Bad weather makes for good photos
  • A different perspective makes for more compelling photos
  • Look at the work of others, get inspired, and never settle

Jim’s top 5

  • Get the tripod height right.  Sometimes it doesn’t matter.  Usually you’re too high.
  • Stop being so lazy!
  • Look at a bunch of photos right before the trip and save them on your phone
  • Data grab
  • Dump the hurdles to you being creative
  • Cable release
  • Mirror lockup
  • White balance
  • Gadgets
  • “Rules” of composition

Majeed’s top 5

  • Explore compositions with your cell phone; spend time in an area before you pull out the camera. Try to “see” interesting compositions and angles. Sometimes the camera can become an obstacle to creativity and the tripod legs can grow into the ground.
  • Look behind you.
  • Don’t trust your display.
  • Make your own luck.
  • Don’t be afraid to be creative, be afraid of being uncreative.

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1 thought on “Top 15 Nature Photography Tips (TP EP-21)”

  1. Hi Jim and Majeed,

    I love the show and listen regularly. I’m learning a lot from your podcasts. Thank you.

    The section of this episode dealign with focus left me scratching my head. I know about hyper-focal distance and sometimes use it. As the podcast indicates it can be tricky to apply in the field especially when one is using smartphone apps etc. and their is close foreground element — flowers, rocks, etc. — and a background that is much further away.

    e.g.

    bit.ly/1RYytLj

    Focus stacking helps but creates problems when you have a foreground that has moving object (e.g. flowers in a field) or a background with movement (e.g. water).

    But the discussion about getting focus “right” was confusing to me and I felt there was no clear guidance. It was a challenge for me to visual what your were verbally describing. It seemed at the end of that section the answer was “it depends” and “experiment and with experience one will get it”.

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