- Get out in nature. You’re not going to take great photos of nature sitting in front of your television or computer. That’s not to say you have to venture out into the wilderness for six months to get that great shot. Your backyard or a local park is teeming with life if your just look.
- Take photos at dawn and dusk. One, the light is softer, and two, animals are often more active at these times of days. Nocturnal (active at night) animals will be calling it a night, diurnal (active during the day) animals will be just starting their day, and crepuscular (active during dawn and dusk) animals will be doing what they do.
- Have patience. Nature does not take direction. You may have to wait a while to get that one great shot. In the meantime, make yourself as comfortable as possible and enjoy being outdoors.
- Take lots of photos. In the age of digital photography there is no excuse not to take multiples increasing your probability that one is amazing.
- Actions speak loudest. While landscapes and portraits of wildlife can be beautiful, the most memorable nature photos are often action shots of animal behaviors like fighting, feeding, and frolicking. Try to capture nature being natural.
- Change perspectives. Don’t stay in one place. Enjoy where you are. Climb and look down. Sit and look up. Look at both the sprawling landscape and the ant crawling on your ankle. Let your photos be adventurous as you.
Ten minutes into his visit he walked over to this beach debris.
I took more than 10 photos of the perched heron. For this shot, my belly was in the sand.