Do you like to do nature photography?
Then you might be making these 7 mistakes.
And here’s the thing:
These nature photography mistakes are the kind that you don’t even know you’re making. They’re the type of mistakes that are easy to miss, but they’re absolutely critical to your photography.
To discover these mistakes (and to ensure you never make them again!), read on!
1. Shooting under bad lighting
I’m going to start with the single most critical, most common mistake I see nature photographers making:
Shooting in poor lighting conditions.
Because good light is absolutely essential to good nature photography.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that without good light, you cannot get a good photo. It’s so easy to have the perfect setup, the perfect composition, and the perfect settings…
…only to ruin the shot with bad light.
So what counts as bad light?
Two main situations.
First, shooting under the harsh, midday sun will pretty much always ruin your shots. The midday sun just isn’t good for nature photography!
And second, shooting in low light, at any time of the day. Unless you’re shooting with a tripod, your shots will end up grainy or blurry, which you definitely don’t want.
Which begs the question:
What is good light?
I recommend that you do nature photography at two main times.
First, you can capture some great nature photography under cloudy skies. Cloudy light is especially great for photography that involves color because the clouds diffuse the light and saturate the colors.
Second, you can always rely on the golden hours, which are the two hours after sunrise and before sunset. Golden-hour light is warm, wonderful and, well, golden. It’s perfect for capturing that stunning, once-in-a-lifetime shot.
In fact, most of the best nature photography you’ve seen was probably taken during golden hour. It’s just that amazing!
2. Shooting your subject from a standing height
Here’s another common nature photography mistake:
Not paying attention to your angle!
(More specifically, photographing from a standing height, so that you’re shooting down toward your subject.)
This is especially problematic in wildlife and macro photography, where shooting downward conveys a sense of dominance and separation.