Photographing Nature


Please enjoy these pictures.  I have found that nature can be one of the most difficult, yes more rewarding thing to capture with a camera.  The things I’ve seen many people would think are photoshopped, but in fact they were simply created by nature and all her beauty.


Here are some tips to help you when capturing nature.

  • Lead the eye in – use lines such as branches or waves to lead the eye in the direction of the object you want them to focus on.  The lines that these create help to draw the eyes inward towards the object you’ve focused on.
  • Find a good foreground – finding a good foreground helps to add depth to an image.  The foreground will give the viewer a point of reference in which to base everything else in the picture.
  • Engage the eye with repeating patterns – As humans we are naturally drawn to repeating patterns.  This is partially because of our desire to create order in a chaotic world.  These patterns create a sense of harmony and balance.
  • Emphasize your subject – Use the visual elements you have to your advantage.  You can emphasize your subject by framing them.  One example of this would be to utilize branches and leaves to frame an animal in the woods.
  • Create visual energy – This can easily be accomplished by photographing a still object surround by objects that LOOK like they are moving, such a mountain and clouds in the sky.  However, you can’t simply photograph any random cloud.  You must capture clouds that appear to be moving quickly.  Feathered clouds with lines in the direction of the winds tend to best here.

What is Photography?

Photography is the science, art, and practice of making images by recording light.  This is done either electronically, by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.

Generally, a lens is used to focus the light reflected, or emitted, from an object into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera.

With an electronic image sensor, this process produces an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital file for display or processing.

The result with photographic development is an invisible latent image, which is later chemically developed into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing.  A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically create a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.

Photography is employed in many fields of science, manufacturing and business, as well as its more direct uses for art, film and video production, recreational purposes, hobby, and mass communication.

As human beings we are visually stimulated.  This is probably why photography has become so popular.  There are millions of people around the world who take pictures for themselves or others to enjoy at a later date.  The people are known as photographers.

Photographers can employ many different forms of imagery in their pictures.  For example, an image can be in either black and white or in color.

Black and White Street

Color Street


Many people prefer the look that traditional film photography gives.  However, digital photography is the most popular form of photography these days.  Digitally taking a photo enables the photographer to easily manipulate and share the images they create.  They can add or remove things from photos, and enhance or decrease each aspect of the photo.


Pregnant Woman

Digital Photography


Photography is extremely easy to start doing.  You simply pick up a camera and go take pictures!  Of course, there are LOTS of things to learn about photography that will teach you to become a “good” photographer.  Even then there are lots of different types of photographers out there that specialize in specific types of photography.  I implore you to explore them all and find out which one fits you best!