Nature Photography – Get the Best out of Low Light

Unruffled black and white cape buffalo

Talented photographers create spectacular images where low light or limited amounts of light exist obstacles to achieving their vision. Demystifying the methods of shooting outdoors in low light opens a world of possibilities for creating inspiring photos when there is a little or no sunlight (or moonlight) is available.
Shooting on cloudy days, in the evening, and in areas where natural light is usually low, as in deep forest areas, canyons, and other low-light locations, or at night, offers unique creative opportunities. Here are some strategies for capturing stunning images outdoors in low light.

Story behind every picture

Chestnut-headed Oropendola

Great photographs don’t just happen. A famous photographer was once quoted as saying that for every image he shared with the world, there were 199 that were seen by nobody but himself. This is still true today. For every photograph that captures the heart of millions, there were at least another couple of hundred that the photographer felt weren’t good enough.

What Makes Nature Photography Stand Out as Fine Art?

quietly peaceful image of Driftwood Beach

Fine art nature photography is often manipulated, from setting up a specific camera angle to adjusting the saturation of color during the editing process. Craft is important, whether the photographer is capturing the everyday setting sun or the extraordinary mountains of Yosemite. There are foundational elements of photography and design to understand, such as the use of texture, colors, shapes and lines, as well as knowing how light is altered depending on the weather and the time of day and year.

Always Carry Your Camera With You!

You are on your way to run a small errand and you witness the most magnificent sunset ever. You instantly take out your smartphone and quickly capture a photo or two but the quality of the photo makes you almost tear up missing your camera! I am sure, we all had this experience. Just when you see the incredible opportunity to capture an incredible moment, you’re at the scene without a camera. I agree that there are some instances carrying camera looks or feels socially awkward and it is sometimes impractical as well.

Photographing in Bad Weather is Not always Bad

I agree that the bad weather is not a good shooting condition; however, the scene you are seeing is much more compulsive. Moody, ominous clouds can make for an excellent backdrop for your photographs. Generally, when the weather is uncooperative, and the wind is bashing you in all direction, it is hard to compose your images, and moreover, light may not be favorable either. But, there is something always static around you, and you just have to figure out your composition. Notably, in landscape photography, you can give a dramatic touch to your photos. However, gusty wind and low light may not be appropriate to photograph flying birds and other fast-moving wildlife; you could shoot amazing and dramatic landscape photography.

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