As a photographer of nature, there is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are only in yourself and what you allow yourself to capture. Flora and fauna photography is about capturing the perfect angle of plants or a precise moment of animals with your lens. The images can run the gamut from a blooming flower to a swarm of sheep.
Helpful prongs for flora:
If spring and summer are near, then the excitement and potential reaches the pinnacle to shoot stunning plant and flowers. I would like to share a few tips which will help the flower to blossom in your portrait this summer. Many questions come up before you shoot if you are not yet a professional:Which flower is the best? Which is the best format to shoot? What is the focal point or point of interest like insect stem or color? How to remove distractions?
- To answer the last question, there are a few options open to you, like moving the distraction out of your focus.You can chop leaves off, for example, or you can move your subject.
- At times flowers that have fallen from their stems can present fabulous subject matter. Apart from all points, the identification of the focal point is a must.This will justify where you want your viewer’s eye to be drawn.
- Just feel free to go abstract.Sometimes going extra close and focusing is fun. According to your preference, you can choose a breezy day for a challenge or can improve your luck by shooting on a still day.
- The key to your success is to keep it simple. Make it easy to find the focal point –do not have eyes roam around. You can try the amalgamation of rain drops and some insects, which will add that extra layer to your shots.
Useful prongs for Fauna:
- In wildlife photography, the name of the game is patience, whether you are trying to capture a squirrel in your backyard or a herd of elephants in sanctuary. You can’t ask them to pose for a picture; you need to be ready when they look cute or do something interesting.
- Just remember before shooting that you are more important than any picture. A wild animal’s reaction or looks might appear docile, but remember that at any moment they can hurt you or even kill you. So don’t dare dive into an alligator’s pool or pet a porcupine, for example.
- Patience applies equally while photographing domestic animals and pets. They can sometimes act out and become uncooperative when you are ready to shoot. So keep your calm and go step by step, bringing them to a relaxing mode.
- Anticipation and observation will prove beneficial. Knowing which cubs are more playful and which spots tigers choose to lie down will help you get your images. Your images should reveal your intimacy and understanding of animal behavior.
- Consider photographing animals similar to people, and be confident about what your images say about the animal.Then set all your knowledge of lighting and angles to work for the image you want.
- If you plan to start photographing in the wild, then you should practice at the zoo, which is of course a safer place to study their behavior.
- Don’t forget to wait, wait and wait… It takes longer to get a good wildlife shot.