Nature photography is the photography of wildlife and the scenery surrounding it and can easily be captured with a quality digital SLR just by stepping outside. However, unless you live in an area that is abundant with birds, wildlife, or idyllic country scenes, this type of digital still photography may require a small trip outside of your urban comfort zone.
Nature photography offers special challenges to the photographer. The high quality digital cameras such as the Canon Powershot, Nikon Coolpix, Canon EOS Rebel, or the Panasonic Lumix produce exceptional tonal quality in addition to deep highlighting and shadow features. They often come with specific settings for nature photography and landscapes, a plus only found when using a high resolution digital camera. The only disadvantages to the use of SLR digital camera’s in nature photography is that the consumption of battery power is higher, and you may not be in a position to recharge them in remote places. Our advice; buy a second, third, or fourth battery and charge them before each trip. Keeping extra charged batteries on hand ensures that when that perfect picture becomes available, all that the photographer will need to do is open the batter door, change out the batter, point, focus, and click. This ensures that no spectacular picture goes un-captured.
Nature is full of bright whites such as clouds, snow, and fluffy bunnies. Most manual cameras require full control of aperture which is based on gray scale. The tonal color needs to be white, not gray. Opening up the f/stop setting on your digital SLR will assist in attaining the right color outcome in your photographs. (Remember that the f/stop is a numerical setting that tells how open or closed the aperture is at any given point.)
Try taking three or four pictures of the same scene or furry creature at different settings. One of the great features of a digital camera is that it allows for immediate review of the high resolution digital pictures on the LCD screen. This guarantees the photographers ability to hone in on the right camera setting, whether that be a preset setting, or require an adjustment in aperture and speed. Keep a small notebook in the camera’s case bag so that recordings of correct aperture and speed settings can be reviewed at a later date.
Another key piece of equipment to keep on hand in your pro kit for nature photography is a collapsible tripod. Shaky hands can ruin even the most beautiful still shot in nature, blurring colors, and wreaking havoc on image of the perfect six point buck embraced by snow capped peaks. A photographer who is ready to take a long trek, particularly one that involves a significant amount of hiking, may balk at this idea. However, this piece of equipment is needed to produce razor sharp digital images with any digital SLR. While a great photographer can still take pictures without a tripod, they will not be as good as the stunning razor sharp images produced by a novice photographer with the right tripod. Make sure that this is kept in a waterproof professional case kit; leather is highly preferred. In addition keeping the instruction manual for your digital SLR on hand at all times allows for any camera adjustment question to be answered, even in the middle of nowhere.
Lighting for nature high resolution digital photography is crucial. Early morning light, late afternoon light, light that is diffused from an overcast sky make for the best sources. If the light is too bright your digital SLR may not be able to pick up the depth in the scenery.
Practice makes perfect. Keep a journal of snapshot images to see improvement as your skills are honed. This will allow each photographer to see their own progress as they become more skilled at snapping the perfect nature shot with their digital SLR.
Written By: Scott A Wrigley[www.eazyduzit.com]
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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