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.