September 21, 2015

FINDING YOUR WAY IN NATURE : CAPTURING THE DEATILS

SHOT DETAIL: Nikon D700 + 50L
ISO: 250, F-stop: 1.8, Shutter Speed 1/800

 
I used to get really discouraged when trying to take landscape photos. I simply didn't feel like I was able to capture what I was seeing. That was do to one main reason. I was and have always been a portrait photographer. I didn't know what techniques were needed to capture a great landscape photo and I'm definitely still learning to be a landscape photographer.

Portraits and landscapes are so very different and they require lots of different techniques to make them each work. But if we're struggling to capture nature there is one place that we can get started with confidence.
SHOT DETAIL: Nikon D300S + 35L
ISO: 250, F-stop: 2.2, Shutter Speed 1/500

SHOT DETAIL: Nikon D700 + 50L
ISO: 250, F-stop: 1.8, Shutter Speed 1/1,250


CAPTURE THE DETAILS
Are you ready for this amazing secret? Are you wondering how and why capturing the details in landscape are different then capturing the landscape as a whole. Well, let me tell you. :) Capturing details in nature is similar to taking portraits. (I know my brain exploded too, when this clicked for me.) When taking photos of details in nature you are using the same principles to take portraits because you are highlighting a specific subject.

HOW TO GET STARTED
Getting started simply begins with finding beautiful subjects to take pictures of. While you're out on a hike or even out on a walk keep your eye out for beautiful details and make them your subject. The elements are all there. You want to highlight and frame your subject, add the beautiful bokeh background (low f-number) and create a sharp image (high shutter speed).
SHOT DETAIL: Nikon D700 + 50L
ISO: 250, F-stop: 1.8, Shutter Speed 1/1,600


This has been one of my favorite tips to share because it's so easy to translate. If your comfortable shooting portraits then you'll be comfortable capturing those beautiful nature details. Remember, this isn't the same as taking full landscapes, but it's give you the opportunity to take amazing nature photos and gives you confidence moving forward.

Where have been some of you favorite places to take nature photos? What are some of your tips for nature photos? Don't forget, I want to see your work! Hashtag #ElahTreePhotoTips so I can see all your beautiful images!

related: 9 TIPS FOR A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE. THE EXPOSURE TRIANGLE

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