Tips on how to learn to photograph nature professionally

20 Sep 2022

If you want to dedicate yourself to nature photography because what you really like is to organise long walks in the countryside or in the mountains, until you find the perfect place to capture all the magic of nature or the wildest animals. In this article we are going to give you a series of tips to make your outings to the natural environment much more fruitful and, in time, you will become a benchmark among landscape and animal photographers.

We have already told you that to photograph nature with quality it is important that you: love the environment, respect animals and take care of the planet. This is the only way to capture the essence of every landscape and every living thing that crosses your lens.

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“To photograph nature and capture the power of the landscape around you you have to: listen, feel and shoot”.

What is nature photography really about?

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As the name suggests, to photograph nature is nothing more and nothing less than capturing the (natural) landscape around you, wildlife, flora or all kinds of inanimate elements, for example, the foothills of a mountain in the autumn season.

Today, nature photographers have become even more specialised and a number of disciplines have emerged within this type of photography. These are some of them:

  • Landscape.
  • Fauna.
  • Birds.
  • Flora.
  • Nocturna.
  • Astronomical.
  • Submarine.
  • Macro.
  • Still life.
  • Aerial.

We are sure that there are many more, and as time goes by, even more specific ones will emerge. Because our planet is full of surprises and surprising phenomena that have not yet been photographed.

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Before we take a closer look at each of these disciplines, we are going to leave you with a compilation of 10 photographers who are dedicated to nature photography and who trust Arcadina to do business with their stunning images.

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Landscape photography

When it comes to nature photography, landscape photography is perhaps the most popular and well-known branch, along with wildlife photography. In this type of photo shoot you have to take into account the time of year, the course of the day and the weather, to achieve truly amazing results and to master the light in every shot.

Images of the wildest wildlife

In wildlife photography, animals are usually portrayed in the wild when they are in their natural habitat. For this type of photography, it is necessary to have a wide knowledge of the natural cycles of each species, their daily habits. And it is also important to have a good knowledge of the environment in which they are going to move in order to be able to locate the herd easily.

In this type of reportage, the animals can be captured in motion, at rest or with their young. Photographers will not be able to prepare the scenes in advance, nor, of course, intervene in them.

Bird reports

Bird photography could be included in the discipline of fauna, but such is the popularity of this type of images that they deserve to have their own section. In this type of reportage it is essential to know and know how to differentiate perfectly the different species of birds, their migratory habits and the wetlands through which they pass.

Moreover, this can be one of the disciplines in nature photography where you have to be patient and serene to find the right moment and the right species.

Photographs of flora

In flora photography, the aim is to capture the smaller vegetation such as flowers, plants and shrubs. In this type of session it is very important to take into account the time of the year and to know where the floral species that the photographer wants to portray grow.

Night-time nature photography

In night photography, landscape and astronomical photography merge to create, with the help of other phenomena such as the phases of the moon or a thunderstorm, a unique and surprising scene.

Night photography is knowing how to wait for the right moment and play with light and shadow to capture true works of art in the natural environment.

Astronomical Photography

Astronomical or space photography is closely linked to the love of the stars. In this type of photography, the aim is to capture the celestial vault in all its splendour or to capture in a photograph some astronomical phenomenon such as the passage of a constellation, comet, meteorite, the phases of the moon, an eclipse, star shower or even to capture the silhouette of a planet.

To take this type of photographs it is important to find a place away from the city lights and with a wide view of the sky. It goes without saying that, on a cloudy night, these photographs will be impossible to take.

Underwater reports

Undoubtedly, the discipline that requires the most infrastructure and expensive technical equipment is underwater photography, where the aim is to capture in this medium the flora, fauna, underwater relief and why not? Some treasure sunk hundreds of years ago.

It goes without saying that when photographing nature under the sea it is essential to have appropriate underwater equipment and to master the technique of scuba diving.

Macro images

Macro photography can cover all kinds of microorganisms, insects, flowers and small animals. This type of photography, besides being very eye-catching and striking, is often used to improve certain studies in biology.

Still life photography

Still life photography seeks to capture inanimate elements in different scenes and its purpose is usually more artistic. The author usually seeks to convey a message through a composition of the inanimate elements that he encounters along the way.

This type of reportage is one of the most creative and spontaneous at the same time, as the photographer will never know what elements he is going to find in the field.

Aerial images

Thanks to aerial photography, we have been able to appreciate the beauty of the landscape around us from a much wider and more extraordinary point of view.

Aerial photography began for military and topographic purposes and was mostly done with shots from aeroplanes, which were then processed to obtain a better knowledge of the geography of a place (photogrammetry).

Nowadays, with a drone, it is also possible to take amazing photos of hidden places for aesthetic and decorative purposes.

How to take the best nature photographs

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When photographing nature it is important that you have good outdoor equipment and a number of accessories to make your trip to the countryside a successful one.

Here are some of the must-haves for your next nature photography trip to the countryside:

  • Cameras.
  • Special cameras, e.g. for underwater or aquatic photography.
  • Lighting.
  • Flash.
  • Lenses: wide angle, telephoto and zoom.
  • Tripod with ball head and shutter release.
  • Timer.
  • Filters to further control neutral density light, polarisers and gradients.
  • Monopod.
  • Dron.
  • Parasol.
  • Diffusers and reflectors.
  • Memory cards and extra batteries.
  • Bubble leveller.
  • GPS.
  • Concealment or hide and camouflage clothing.
  • Cleaning kit for camera and lenses.
  • Binoculars.
  • Lightweight, high-capacity backpack for all your equipment.
  • Hiking clothing and footwear.
  • Torch, rain jacket, rain cover for camera, utility knife, water, food, etc.

Ideally, before loading your backpack with unnecessary equipment that could delay your journey to the point where you plan to photograph nature, you should plan your trip to the countryside very well and study what kind of photographs you want to take. This way, you will be able to carry in your backpack only the necessary equipment to start photographing nature like a pro.

5 extra tips for awareness-raising nature reporting

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Although the first photographers who began to photograph nature had other intentions, such as transporting the observer of the image to places in the wild where the hand of man did not appear. Today this discipline has become a social trend.

The world is becoming more and more aware (or so we hope) of the dire consequences of climate change and such lively photographs help to further reinforce social awareness of environmental care, sustainability and energy saving.

With this paradigm shift, the way of taking pictures of nature has also changed, and above all, the intention of the author.

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Here we are going to give you 5 tips that have nothing to do with the sustainability of the planet but will help you to photograph nature at a much more professional level:

  1. Set the aperture appropriately depending on the type of nature photography you are going to take.
  2. Control the ISO level to make the image perfect.
  3. Take into account the timetable and the weather before going to the venue.
  4. He plays with perspectives, especially in landscape photography.
  5. And be patient, very patient. This is the only way you will be able to photograph the natural environment around you like a great professional.

And remember to take care and keep clean every corner of the planet you go to photograph with your camera. These small gestures will make the landscape you capture last much longer intact.

How can Arcadina help you if you are a nature photographer?

If in addition to photographing nature you have your website created with Arcadina, you already know that you will be able to monetize your trips to the countryside in multiple ways. And if you are one of those who have not yet tried our business solutions for photographers, here are some hints of what Arcadina can do for you, if what you want right now is to make a living from your trips to the countryside.

>> Start with Arcadina

Full screen image galleries

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On our web pages, as well as being able to customise them to your liking and have several web designs and galleries that you can change as often as you like, your visitors will have the opportunity to view your nature photographs in full screen, a detail that will not leave them indifferent and that will undoubtedly impress them.

In the following article we explain it in a little more detail.

>> New image viewer: “pictures that (almost) pop out of the screen”

Sell your photos to any corner of the world

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With the Business section offered by Arcadina, you can sell your photographs in, for example, digital format in an online shop 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to anyone who simply has an Internet connection and a mobile device.

And if you use the Arcadina Labs service, your customers will be able to place their own orders with the photo lab and receive their orders at home.

In these posts we give you some ideas on how you can make the most of your nature photography through your online business.

>> Do you want to multiply the sale of free photos with download?

>> How do I sell my photographs on my website?

Blog for photographers with integrated design on your website

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If you have the need to share your trips to the countryside or explain future trips, the blog can be the perfect place to do it. If you know how to take advantage of all the tools you can find in Arcadina’s blogs, your articles will help you to improve the visibility of your website.

And thanks to the fully integrated web design, the user experience in your online business will be perfect.

>> Would you like to be part of the best photography blogs? Enter here

As we were saying, these are just some of the business solutions that we offer at Arcadina so that nature photography becomes your real profession. But the truth is that we offer you many more.

>> How to create a professional photography website?

>> 6 advantages of having your own online photography business with Arcadina

If you want to photograph nature: listen, look and shoot

Now you know, to photograph nature and make a living from your trips to the countryside, you can start by trying various disciplines and see in which media you find your inspiration.

Always prepare your field trips with care and detail, respect the environment around you and create a photography business that allows you to make a profit from every picture you take.

At Arcadina we give you all the tools to make your trips to the countryside much more than just a nice hobby.

>> Start with Arcadina

On this occasion we would like to share with you an interview with Joan Vendrell, nature photographer, trainer, long-time friend and new ambassador of Arcadina.

>> Meet Joan Vendrell, the new ambassador of Arcadina

And to say goodbye, we would like to do a survey among landscape, flora and fauna photographers. Which disciplines do you most identify with when it comes to photographing nature? We’ll read you in the comments.

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Fulfil your dreams and develop your professional career with us. We offer you to create a photography website for free for 14 days so that you can try our platform without any commitment of permanence.

Arcadina is much more than a website, it is business solutions for photographers.

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