Eight tips for becoming a qualified outdoor photographer
In the world we live in, nature is like a huge treasure house of creativityPhotographerWe will draw endless creative inspiration from it and create countless great works of art. However, for photography, it seems different from other art forms, because no matter how many times it has been shot,PhotographerI can always find and record new things in the same shooting location. With a little patience, a little unique perspective, and some good luck, outdoor photographers are fully capable of bringing us into a magical world after pressing the shutter. Of course, before that, we should first master several key points to become a more qualified outdoor photographer.
1. Pursue the most beautiful light
Although there is nothing special about light in the eyes of some people, this view is not true for a photographer. At different times of the day, light often has different “personalities and characteristics”, and only those who understand and can master the changes and characteristics of light can stimulate the most beautiful side of nature. Generally, outdoor photographers like to divide the shooting environment into the following categories according to the light, including soft light time in the morning, strong light time at noon, cloudy and cloudy time, golden time and blue time. No matter what kind of light condition, it has its unique charm. However, most photographers still love the golden moment and the blue moment most. At this time, the light is the most soft at sunset, and the images taken at this time tend to have more vivid colors and contrast. In addition, these two moments are also the most suitable time for silhouette shooting.
2. Enhance depth by increasing prospects
Don’t think that landscape photography can only show famous mountains and rivers in the picture. When composing the picture, add people or vehicles and other objects as the foreground, which can not only bring more depth to the image, but also make the scenery that might have been slightly dull glow with different vitality. In addition, these elements can also play a role in guiding viewers to achieve and present contrast effects.
3. Flexible use of various natural and artificial reflections
If you are a photography enthusiast who has just been exposed to outdoor photography, you may ignore the importance of reflection in the process of shooting. Whether it is natural reflection such as lake reflection or reflection generated by man-made objects such as windows and mirrors, if it can be properly applied to landscape photography, it will add luster to your work. For example, in order to introduce reflection into the picture, some outdoor landscape photographers even park the car at a specific location and take pictures from the car’s reflector. As for the reflection in the natural environment, if you are lucky enough to happen to encounter a calm water surface, the symmetrical natural landscape will have a visual impact.
4. Look at the world from another angle
We have to say that human beings are creatures with such habits. We always like to look for a comfort zone of our own. Once we find it, we are unwilling to seek new breakthroughs and challenges, so that we are bound to lose our original creativity. For photographers, this also applies. We will habitually look at the world from one angle. In order to rekindle the spark of creativity, as an outdoor photographer, we should not forget to constantly try and change the perspective, and enhance the diversity of works. For this reason, sometimes we even have to lie on the ground and shoot at a low angle at the expense of soiling our clothes, or place the focus on the distant view to blur the prospects. Once you learn to look for a different way of expression before starting shooting, you will find that you can always see more than others when facing the same scenery.
5. Don’t forget to see what’s on the camera bag
If you are a typical travel photographer, you may have a set of commonly used equipment in your camera bag and take them with you every time you go out to shoot. If this is the case, you can try to carry some different equipment before going out next time to see what other equipment can be used besides the camera bag. For example, install a fisheye lens or a super wide angle lens, or take a tripod to try long exposure shooting. One of the great fun for outdoor photographers is to change equipment to shoot more creatively.
6. It’s also a good choice to use artificial light in time
Although natural light conditions are particularly important for taking pictures of landscapes, do not be tied down by them. You are ready to close down when it is just dark. At this time, if you still have a lot to do, you might as well take out the flash or headlights that can illuminate, and use artificial light to fill the light for the natural scenery. The ideal state is to have a close friend as an assistant to help you light up, so that you can get twice the result with half the effort.
7. Draw inspiration from the night sky
Even without the help of distinguished people, the night sky after sunset can still provide us with a huge creative space. The Milky Way, the starry sky and even the aurora are more gorgeous than the daytime. Some photographers like to use large aperture wide-angle lens and tripod, and push up the body ISO to capture the brilliance of the Milky Way, while others tend to reduce the ISO to show the charm of the orbit as low as possible. No matter which theme we prefer to shoot, the first thing we need to do is to be as far away from the city as possible so as to minimize light pollution. In addition, shooting the night sky requires more stringent technology and equipment for photographers than in the daytime. Of course, if it is difficult to avoid light pollution, it is also a good choice to take pictures of the colorful sky between sunset and darkness.