Hobby Centre: Nature Photography

Hobby Centre

A good photographer is one that can evoke emotions in his or her pictures. Different photographers have different passions. Some love to take pictures of people and objects, while others have a passion for nature. The job of a photographer is very similar to that of an artist. Where an artist uses his brush, a photographer has to capture the right moment with the right light to create that unique image that can speak for itself. Skill, creativity, training and determination are the keys to success in this profession. Add to that a love of nature and a sense of adventure and you are the perfect candidate to become a nature photographer.

Here's a Low Down on All That You Need to Shoot Pictures in the Wild!

Best Time to Shoot:

  • It's best to shoot animals in the wild.
  • In the early mornings and evenings the animals are most active and the soft light conditions are ideal for a good picture.
  • Make sure your camera is set on the sports mode if your refl exes are not fast enough to click at the right moment.
  • Practice the two Ps: patience and perseverance.
  • Make sure you are not too close to the animal when you try to take a picture, you do not want to scare it away or attack you.
  • Wear clothes that will not make you conspicuous in the forest. A cap and good shoes are a must.
Compose It
  • Make sure the animal is in the centre of the frame and occupies at least half of the frame.
  • Always use an adequate zoom lens.
  • It's best to photograph a dark animal against a light or well-lit space and vice versa.
  • The eye of the animal represents the mood, to capture it well always use a frontal pose.
  • The muscles of the wild beast and its magnificent movement will come across well in a 3-quarter pose.
  • If you are using an SLR (Single Lens Reflex) use a medium speed fine grain film of 100 or 200 ASA for best results.
  • Do not take pictures while you are on a moving vehicle.
  • Avoid taking pictures when the engine of your vehicle is running.
  • Use the fastest shutter speed possible to minimise camera shakes and subject movement.