Someone once said to me “I want to go where you go, see what you’ve seen!” While it is true that you have to get out there (a lot) in order to find great subjects to photograph, that certainly isn’t all there is to making a great nature photo. On any given day in Yellowstone something spectacular happens. You have to be there to catch it and I would be a wealthy woman if I had a dollar for every time someone said to me “you should have been here 5 minutes ago or an hour ago or yesterday”.
When those opportunities do happen and you are there to witness it, a beginner simply points and shoots; they are happy with an image which simply says “I saw this”. An intermediate begins to understand his or her camera’s operations and how to use it creatively, but they are still hoping to take primarily head shots or documentaries. An advanced amateur has begun to understand the concept of emotional, behavioral and environmental context – they seek to tell the story. The biggest difference between an advanced amateur and a pro is simply time in the field!
So if you are looking to up your game and get those great images, here is what I suggest you focus on:
Master the exposure triangle.
Shoot with sharp in mind.
Become a naturalist.
Learn patience and perseverance.
Make good use of available light.
Compose with purpose.
None of these are simple or easy but they are all very important and interdependent. This blog is dedicated to helping you find your way!