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CHAPTER 5. IMPRESSIVE LANDSCAPES > 43 Nature Photographs That Really Work

43 Nature Photographs That Really Work

Small black ants walking along a forest path, light dancing through the leaves of a tree, and rugged stones resting in the warm sun: wherever you look, there is something to photograph. Take time to observe nature and its patterns, colors, shapes, and inhabitants, because the best pictures are readily found when you are least expecting them.

To ensure that your pictures will be in focus, you’ll need a tripod that can be set at ground level as well as at eye level. Tripods designed to sit on tables work well too.

Lighting can also be a challenge, which can be overcome by using reflectors. A white piece of paper or the white backside of a gray card can be used to reflect light and remove shadows around immobile subjects. When you spot a moving subject, like a butterfly floating from blossom to blossom, you’ll want to use the flash to freeze it in place. Using the flash can pose problems, though, when taking close-ups, because the circumstances disable the light meter from computing the proper shutter speed. You can deal with this problem by taking a series of photographs with varying exposures (a technique called bracketing). First try a normal exposure in relation to the ambient lighting conditions, then one that’s overexposed, and finally one that’s underexposed. One of the pictures in the series is bound to turn out well.


  

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