6 Nature Photography Tips from National Geographic

Nature PhotographySummer is coming, and with summer vacation comes travel, and with travel comes the urge to snap photos of sweeping landscapes, rugged coasts, lush forests, and valleys that are so picture perfect you feel like you’re in a dream.

The problem, of course, is capturing the scene to really highlight the various colors and textures you can see but that your camera won’t automatically capture. For the solution, I looked to National Geographic. If anyone knows how to capture nature at its most awe-inspiring, it’s them.

Here are 6 nature photography tips from the team at National Geographic:

1. Shoot photos on cloudy days


We have talked about lighting a lot recently (you can read about it in-depth here), and it is especially important when shooting photos outside. Bright sun bleaches out colors and adds harsh textures and shadows. Cloudy days, on the other hand, diffuse and soften the light, which also leads to deeper color saturation.
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6 Easy Ways to Take Your Food Photos from “Eh” to “Wow”

Food photos, taking better picturesWith more and more filters – and filtering apps – making their way onto our smart phones, it’s getting easier and more fun to take beautiful photos of food. Whether you like to shoot your own mouthwatering kitchen creations, raw ingredients at the farmer’s market, gorgeously plated meals in restaurants, or all of the above, here are some photo tips from a top food stylist that will take your photos from “eh” to “wow:”

Get the lighting right


We covered lighting extensively in a previous blog post, and many of those tips apply to food as well:

  1. Use natural light from a window when you can

  3. If possible, shut off bright overhead lights

  5. Low light? Because the flash on your phone will ruin the photo, skip it. Alternatively, ask a friend to turn on his flashlight app to illuminate the dish while you snap the photo.

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