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Our best tips for nature photography
In every season there are countless beautiful motifs out in nature - moving as well as still! Animals, plants, landscapes. Macro shots, panoramas, "action photos". Nature photography is one of the most versatile disciplines in photography, and the best thing is: You can take great pictures wherever you can take your camera. Do you want to become a better wildlife photographer? Then just let our Pixum tips on the topic inspire you. Here we go.
From binoculars to lens selection: equipment for nature photography
If you want to take beautiful photos, you don't always need expensive equipment - you can also take great pictures with your smartphone. For some photographic topics it doesn't hurt to think about lenses and accessories.
Especially when observing nature, it is helpful, for example, to Bring binoculars or spotting scope - For example, you can “scout” animals that are far away without having to move the heavy camera all the time. Do you want to photograph animals in the wild? Then a telephoto lens is a good choice: ideally with lightning-fast autofocus and a good range - that is, one high focal length of 200mm upwards. A tripod is recommended for stabilization - for example a light monopod.
Of course, there are also motifs in nature observation that are more closely related - for example butterflies and other insects. There is a Macro lens recommended - for images with crystal-clear details and razor-sharp contours. But don't be shy: you can also take great macro photos in nature with your standard lens.
Pixum tip: Aside from the equipment for the photography itself, you should also think of a few practical companions - for example a comfortable folding stool, enough water and food if you are holed up in the same place in nature for a few hours to wait for the perfect photo.
Observation of nature with a creative perspective and composition
Admittedly: When observing nature, you won't have the opportunity to think too much about the photographic-creative fine-tuning for every picture. First of all, it is important to be quick and your subject - for example after spying with binoculars -To photograph as well and as sharp as possible in the correct frame. But if you don't take on the sprinting gazelles in the savannah, you might have a little leeway after all.
For animals in motion, for example, it is always a good tip to to leave more space (white space) in the image in the direction of this movement. This is how your photos look dynamic and natural. And otherwise: Think about the surroundings, the foreground, middle and background of your pictures, try to photograph the surroundings as authentically as possible. (Not only valid as a nature photographer, of course!)
From the camera to the finished photo: Tips for post-processing in nature photography
We think: When it comes to photos from nature observation, there is often not much to be done about - nature itself often offers a great look and is waiting for you with strong colors, beautiful contrasts and a picturesque lighting atmosphere.
Of course, you can still take your photos fine-tuning the digital post-processing to lend. Increase the contrast a little, sort out images that are not perfectly sharp, and you can also correct any motion blurring with long telephoto lenses in Photoshop or another editing program.
Another good tip in nature photography is to look at the composition again in post-production. Especially if you photographed your subjects right in the middle in order to get the focus as best as possible, there is still scope here. For example, experiment with the golden ratio and place your motifs off-center - or change the cropping of a bird flight photo to a 3: 1 panorama format to capture the dynamics.
Pixum wishes you a lot of fun and good luck with your entry or with further deepening of nature photography and observation - and always pleasant weather!
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