Do you ever feel like your nature photos are just a bit…bleh? Like they could use something more?
It’s a common problem. Because while you can be a master of light, composition, and camera settings, there’s still one thing you need for amazing nature photography:
You see, editing is how you make your nature photos shine. It’s how you add a final touch to your images. It’s how you take a slightly bland image, and make it into something truly stunning.
In this article, I’m going to share with you nature photography editing tips so you know exactly how you can create amazing nature photography edits.
And you’ll come away with the ability to enhance every single one of your nature photos.
Let’s get started.
1. Straighten and crop to emphasize your main subject
First things first:
If your nature photo is crooked…
…then it just won’t work. No matter how amazing the content.
(This is especially a problem for landscape photos, where crooked horizons are extremely obvious.)
You see, a crooked photo is just disorienting. It causes the viewer to get caught up in being imbalanced and makes them forget all about the subject.
So the first thing you should do to enhance your nature photos:
Check to make sure your photo is straight. And if it isn’t, straighten it! Pretty much every photo editing program offers straightening tools, so make use of them.
I handheld this swan photo, and so it required a bit of straightening:
Once you’ve straightened your photo, it’s time to think about cropping.
Now, if you’ve composed carefully in-camera, you won’t necessarily need to crop. But it’s easy to miss something small while looking through the viewfinder. Maybe there are some leaves dangling in the corner of the frame!