Ever feel like your outdoor photos are missing something? You look at your photos and remember the landscape being so much more vibrant than in the photo in front of you? It’s frustrating to take pictures that fall flat. There is definitely an art to capturing the beauty of nature, but don’t fret. Stunning, true-to-life photos are within your reach. Here are some simple tricks that you can start using right away to help capture the beauty around you:
1. There are two times during the day that provide the optimal amount and type of sunlight for photos: the Golden Hour and the MagicHour. The Golden Hour is ½ an hour before and ½ an hour after dawn. The Magic Hour is ½ an hour before dusk. The light that is present during these times can make all the difference in the quality of your photos.
2.Abide by the Rule of Thirds. This rule, in essence, keeps you from centering your subject in the frame, which tends to create a weak photo. Instead, imagine a grid across your lens with two horizontal and two vertical lines that create 9 squares of equal sizes (think tic-tac-toe). Try to shoot your main subject so that it is along the grid lines or where they intersect. Just this slight adjustment in placement will help to create a stronger image.
3.Dealing with low light in your location? Use a tripod to help ensure sharper images. Low light requires the shutter to stay open longer to let the light in and expose the shot. This magnifies every shaky movement of your hand, resulting in the dreaded blurry photo.
4.For depth’s sake, make sure your pictures have a foreground, a middle ground, and a background. For example, if shooting a photo of a bison meandering across the road in a park, the bison is in the foreground, the grassy area around him is the middle ground, the mountain range behind him is the background. A viewer will sense depth in a photo that has these three elements.
5.Don’t center the horizon in your photo. Focus instead on what’s above or below the horizon.
6. Let your photo speak volumes about the size of something or someone in the shot. To do this, make sure you have objects of contrasting sizes in your photo so the viewer can get a sense of just how massive or tiny your subject is.