Nature is the greatest artist of all times. Think about it. Have you ever seen something more beautiful and soul-shattering than what nature paints on the sky canvas?
There are natural wonders all around the world that will ruin you- in the best possible way.
All of you nature lovers out there know what I’m talking about. Whether you love walking around in nature, hiking, camping, or even hunting, you’ve seen firsthand the overwhelming beauty of raw nature.
How many times have you discovered a picture perfect spot in the middle of the woods, and wished you could capture that moment forever?
How many times have you googled how to get into nature photography?
Well let me tell you, it’s not as mission impossible as it seems. You too can take breathtaking pictures on your hunting trips or nature walks. You don’t even necessarily need a fancy camera.
Most phones today are more than equipped to take gorgeous pictures. All you need is a keen eye, and some basic photography skills.
You’re in luck! We’re going to share with you some tips and tricks that will make you shoot like a pro in no time!
How to take nature photos with your phone?
Unless you are a professional photographer, you probably rely on your phone’s camera when you take pics.
We’re here to tell you that is absolutely okay. We do too!
The latest phone models have ultra-performant cameras, so you can capture some outstanding shots with just the gadget in your pocket.
No need to spend a fortune on top-notch equipment, especially if you're just a beginner.
Learn the ropes of nature photography on your phone, and once you master it, you can consider investing in a camera.
Phone photography pros & cons
Some of the obvious benefits of using your phone’s camera are:
- Your phone is small and light. You can carry it anywhere in your pocket. A good DSLR camera is way bigger and takes up more space.
- You can edit your photos on the go. Just snap it and start editing right then and there.
- Sharing on social media is super easy. You don’t have to wait to get home to download your photos and share them after. Your phone has all the apps you need to share your captures with the world instantly.
You’ll never lose your pictures, even if you lose your phone (let’s hope not!). All you have to do is back it up to the Cloud and you’re all set. The same can’t be said of professional cameras.
Now let’s see some disadvantages of phone photography:
- The price of a smartphone with a really good camera can be comparable to a DSLR. You have to consider which one fits your needs better.
- The quality of the pictures is not as good. If you want to resize a picture and frame it, it’s better to use a professional camera. Photos taken with the phone lose quality when resized.
- Light sensitivity is another issue you should consider. Phone cameras don’t perform so great in low light. If you’re dreaming of taking perfect shots of the night sky, you need a camera and a tripod, at least.
- Phone cameras are more prone to damage. Unless you are extra mega careful, you’ve probably dropped your phone many times. It is possible to crack your camera’s lens and that ends your photographic aspirations. With cameras, that happens less often, or not at all.
Phone camera do's and don'ts
- Find the right light! This is a basic photography rule that applies anywhere, anytime. The best light for your photos is bright, non-direct light!
- Use the rule of thirds. This is a photography rule that proposes that a picture should be imagined as divided by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two vertical lines. You should place the important elements of the photo along these lines or their intersections.
- Use the zoom with caution. Some smartphones have good zoom features, but most don’t. You risk getting a blurry, pixelated picture. If you can, get closer to your subject, rather than using the phone’s zoom.
- Filters can be an overkill. We all love them, but they don’t necessarily make our photos better. If you really want to edit, use apps that let you control the adjustments you make, instead of using preset filters.
- Forget about using flash. It causes red-eye, adds a glare to your image, and makes colors cold and unnatural.
How to take professional landscape or wildlife photos?
Maybe you’re not into phone photography.
Maybe you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, and you’re flirting with the idea of becoming a professional nature photographer.
Besides a great eye for detail, you’ll also need the proper equipment.
The camera you choose is the most important tool you’ll be using. Go for the latest model within your budget. It should have image quality that is much better than your phone’s. It should feel comfortable in your hands and it should be easy to carry around in a bag.
Make sure you can also buy various lenses for it at affordable prices.
What other gear might you need? You better sit down for this.
- Telephoto lens
- Long lens rain cover
- A bag suitable for your long lenses
- A good pair of binoculars
- Ground pod
As you can see, professional nature photography equipment can be quite extensive (and expensive).
Extra tips for breathtaking photos
We’ve thought of some other ideas that might help to get you started. You just need a little nudge to get the ball rolling.
- Think about what you're passionate about. If you love nature in all its glory, try landscape photography. If you’re into movement and animals, take pictures of the wildlife you encounter on your trips.
- The perfect picture doesn’t just happen magically. Be prepared to take 20, 50, 100 photos and just use one. Great photographic opportunities appear only if you actively look for them.
- Be prepared to wait for minutes on end for the perfect shot. Or to wake up before sunrise in order to catch that perfect light. Great photography requires some sacrifices.
- Explore, explore, explore. You can’t take amazing nature photos from the middle of your living room. Go on walks in nature. Go camping. Make memories.
- Take advantage of social platforms. Don’t keep your snaps just to yourself; share them with the world. You never know who will discover your photos.
We hope we’ve awakened your wanderlust. Take your phone and camera and make the most of your time outside.
If you’re considering investing in explorer gear, here’s a list of all you might need.
May you find your inspiration easily!