3 Tips from the Pros for Better Nature Pictures

Taking nature pictures can be a very rewarding experience, but it takes patience and a bit of skill to get the perfect shot of that cute baby duck swimming or an eagle soaring through the sky. Here are some tips to help you take better nature pictures:

1. Learn to Tell a Story

We’ve all heard the phrase, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words.” What that actually means is the photo should tell a story just by looking at it. When it comes to nature pictures, you can tell that story by showing some sort of interaction such as a mother bird feeding her babies, or perhaps a cat stalking a grasshopper. Anything that shows the viewer that there’s something interesting going on makes a great picture.

2. Be Ready for that Special Shot

Sometimes the best picture is the one you had to wait hours for or even days. For instance, one photographer maintained a vigil on a swan’s nest of eggs, waiting for the right moments to take his shot. Thanks to his patience and a long lens, he got some excellent nature pictures of the baby cygnets hatching.

3. Watch out for Background Spoilers

If you get what you thought was the perfect shot of a family of raccoons coming out of the woods and then notice that it looks like a tree is growing out of the mama’s body, then you just wasted hours of time waiting to take those nature pictures. The moral of the story is to always be aware of your surroundings when you take nature pictures.