Last week I shared my notes for the first session of our Nature Photography class. Here are some additional points from that first class Nature Photography Class Intro . The photo of the tulip is one that I took using some tips I learned in that first class.
In our second class our instructor went over some basic techniques for photography. The list below includes some of the points he made in class that were of particular interest to me. I hope you find some that will work for you too.
- Vantage Point-- Look for a different vantage point for your photos. Everyone sees an object straight on when they see it, help your audience to see it differently. Take your time, walk around an object to find just the right place to take the photo and then set up your tripod.
- Take Both Vertical and Horizontal Views--Even if you think one way would be best try taking it both ways. You never know when the other way might be what you need for a certain project.
- Watch Your Background- How many times are we so focused on the person or object that we are photographing that we don't notice the background till we see the finished photo. Before you hit the shutter, make it a habit to run your eyes through the outside perimeter of the picture.
- Waterfalls- To get that beautiful blurr of water take the photo at a speed of 1/15 sec or slower using your lowest ISO.
- Animals- To get the best reaction from an animal shoot 2-3 shots in close succession. The first one will get the animals attention and the second will usually have the best reaction.