It does not matter if you want to start with landscape photography as a hobby or as profession, there are beginners tips for everyone. If you want to learn the skills and the different techniques you need for landscape or nature photography you can read about it online, buy a book about the subject, follow a class in a community center or go to a photographer’s course organized by a nature or wildlife organization. In this article we look at a few things to consider before you make a choice about the best option for you.
Types of nature photography
There are a few different types of photography that you can consider to learn:
Fine art Nature Photography
Wildlife nature photography
Nature landscape photography
Documentary nature photography
Close up nature Photography
Equipment needed for nature photography
It does matter what type of nature photography you are going to learn first to know what type of equipment you need but when you are just beginning as a hobby all you really need to get started is a proper camera.
If you want to photograph wildlife you need a lens that will zoom in at least three times to start with so that the wildlife will not be scared off if you approach it.
For close up photography you need a special lens or feature on your camera that can do that. But there are other features of cameras that are used in nature photography that are useful but you only need to buy them if you are sure you want to do more and better nature landscape photographing.
Advanced Equipment for Photographing Nature and Landscapes
As a beginner a zoom of three times is adequate but a better option is to have a telephoto lens so that you can make shots from far away and it still looks like you where standing right in front of the object you photographed. Another useful piece of equipment for nature landscape photography is a tripod because this type of photography often requires long periods of waiting before you have the right light, or the animal or insect comes to the right spot can take a wile. And then its difficult to keep still and hold the camera.
There are a lot of courses in nature photography you can take that will teach you the basics and take you on a real life practicum. They are a great opportunity for the beginning nature photographer. They will also teach you utilizing natural lighting to provide specific looks and shots in landscape photography.
If you are a bit more experienced you can also follow classes with a nature and wildlife organization. Especially people who are interested in certain birds and animals in nature, can learn all lot on these courses. For example there are many different techniques you can use for taking pictures of birds in their natural habitat and also for shooting pictures of landscapes at certain times of the day to get special effects. As you can see there is a lot you can learn about nature landscape photography.