Digital Nature Photography

Digital Nature Photography has a wide Range to chose from!

Digital nature photography ranges from photographs of gardens to those that we take in the wild. So it doesn't matter where you are, you can always find subject matter for digital nature photography. Even if you live in a high rise apartment, there will be a park or public gardens of some kind that you can visit to experiment with digital nature photography.

There are so many different opportunities in this sphere of digital photography, from close-ups to wonderfully wide vistas. You can shoot in colour, capturing the beauty of flowers in full bloom, or try black and white to capture texture, form, pattern and shape.

Close-ups are particularly effective when it comes to shooting flowers, buds or even leaves. Zoom into your subject and focus on tiny stamens or perhaps a drop of water on a leaf. Remember to use a small aperture (which is a high F-stop number) to increase your depth of field and a shutter speed that will help to prevent camera shake. If your camera doesn't give you the option of changing these elements, then be sure to choose the macro (or close-up) setting on the camera menu.

When you want to shoot a wider landscape, you need to consider the composition of your picture very carefully. Frame up trees or garden features and focus on shapes, for example flower beds or pathways. Zoom into the scene to see if it looks better a little closer up, and change your angle for shooting. Always take extra shots just in case you move. You should also keep shutter speeds fast enough to prevent camera shake and any blurring - unless of course you want to add motion blur for effect.

Whether you are shooting a vista or close-up within you landscape, positioning the camera on a tripod or support of some kind always helps to prevent camera shake. If you want to shoot from the ground, lying down, keep your elbows firmly on the ground.

When you photograph gardens and flowers, one of the challenges is to balance the light, especially on sunny days where shadows can create a harsh effect. Ideally shoot on cloudy days when the light is bright but not sunny. You don't want to take photographs on very overcast days when you'll need to add flash to the subject to be able to see it. Using flash this way often blasts so much light onto whatever it is you are shooting, you lose both detail and colour.

One particularly effective way to control the light in this environment is to use white card, or even a sheet of white polystyrene to shade the subject you are shooting. This works best if you ask someone else to hold the card, then you can concentrate on your digital nature photography.

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