Pelican Flyer | June 18, 2020
Love photography? Love the outdoors? Why not combine your passions by taking up nature photography? This endlessly fulfilling hobby combines creativity, fresh air, exercise and serenity, providing an enjoyable experience for all kinds of photographers. Indeed, the outdoors offer ample subject matter to keep all personalities engaged. From rare wildlife to stunning seascapes and mountain vistas, nature’s beauty awaits you.
Whether novice or seasoned, many photographers turn to nature at some point in their careers, and it’s not hard to see why. Photographers, by nature, hold many of the same characteristics as outdoor explorers. They’re adventurous, patient and used to dealing with a ton of gear (we’re here to help with that part). So it’s only natural that many of them meander out into the wilderness to snap a few pics from time to time.
Start with this great guide from Pelican if you’re new to nature photography or photography as a whole. To us, finding success in nature photography means capturing magnificent, natural scenes without putting yourself in harm’s way. For safe, spectacular photography outings, you’ll need to prepare before heading out. Here’s how to prep for a successful outing.
Being prepared for the unexpected is crucial to your safety as a nature photographer.
We can’t stress this enough: Before heading out, take the time to think through the gear you pack and the apparel you sport. You’re not shooting in a temperature-controlled wedding venue or a comfortable, dry studio. Being prepared for the unexpected and the risks of the wilderness is crucial to your safety and success as a nature photographer.
Though most of the items in the list below will seem pretty obvious to anyone who has spent time outdoors or wielded a camera at all, they’re easy to forget when you’re in high-stress scenarios. These are the most fundamental things you need to remember when out in the woods, mountains or beaches with your camera.
Learning how to master nature photography is a broad, blanketed concept, and you’re much better off learning how to shoot specific subjects.
“Nature” is such a broad subject. It encompasses a range of photography niches, focusing on the stars and planets (astrophotography), wildlife, plants, mountains and general landscape scenes. Learning how to master nature photography is a broad, blanketed concept, and you’re much better off learning how to shoot specific subjects. Get to know the depths of the subject you plan to shoot before heading out.
At the end of the day, nature photography is just the extreme version of regular photography. If you understand the basics of outdoor shooting and are well-versed on the basics of survival, you’ll be able to capture award-winning shots regardless of where you snap. And, trust us, with a little patience and some practice, the results will be well worth it!
At Pelican, we’re here to help you protect your camera gear in rugged environments with the best photography cases and backpacks anywhere. Pick one up before your next photography adventure to keep your equipment safe from whatever Mother Nature throws your way.