Details Related to Camera Setting when Aiming for Nature Photography

by Tristan Taylor August. 27, 2015 1414 views

Nature photography is a vague term. Landscape photography can be called nature photography, so can be wildlife photography. You can take photos of natural scenes, events and moments, and safely call them nature photography.

This branch of photography is so popular that many photography schools and nonprofit organizations arrange contest on it to encourage aspiring photographers. All branches of nature photography have two commonalities; they require high-resolution cameras and photos are shot outside.

Camera selection

You need to select the right camera if you want to excel in nature photography. If landscape photography is in your mind, you need to select from the best cameras available for it. Select the branch of photography that you want to aspire in first because that’d narrow down your options for a digital camera.

If landscape photography fascinates you, the difference between full-frame and crop sensor is unimportant. The difference becomes prominent when you are shooting at a higher ISO. But landscape photography doesn’t require you to shoot at a high ISO. You can comfortably shoot at a lower ISO.

A wildlife photographer often shoots at a higher ISO because of low-light conditions. Noise factors are inevitable; photographers use photoshop or other editing tools to weed out those factors later.

So check the camera’s depth-of-field, autofocus, maximum ISO setting, etc and see if they meet your needs.

Lense selection

The landscape photographs that delight our mood are taken by wide-angle lenses. Some of them, however, are taken by telephoto lenses of short to medium ranges. Superzoom lenses are recommended for landscape photographers.

The perfect superzooms for an advanced photo system type-C sensor format DSLR are 18-200 millimeter, 18-250 millimeter and 18-300 millimeter. Those for a full-frame DSLR are 28-200 millimeter and 28-300 millimeter.

The benefit of a superzoom is the photographer can change the focal length from wide-angle to telephoto. A superzoom is portable, and a photographer can carry it anywhere he wants to. Its turnaround time is excellent; a photographer can change the focal length from wide-angle to telephoto in just a couple of seconds.

When opting for the wildlife photography, you need lenses with more than 400mm range. Such lenses are expensive but perfect for capturing wildlife photographs. If you want to save cost without compromising quality, your best bet is an APS-C DSLR with 1.6x field of view crop factor (FOVCF).

The benefit of a 1.6x FOVCF is the zoom range gets multiplied with 1.6. If your zoom range is 400, the FOVCF will make it 640. Every photographer wants to capture predators chasing or hunting preys. Since they can’t go near to that animal, they have to rely on a 400-500mm zoom lens or on the FOVCF.

Short range zooms

When you are capturing photographs of a landscape, you can keep the background sharp or blurred. If you want to keep it sharp, a superzoom won’t be too useful because it is not as sharp as its shorter-range cousin. Short-range zooms and prime lenses come with sharper focal length.

Shutter speed

A fast shutter speed can enhance the quality of wildlife photos as well as landscape photos. For a wildlife photographer, it’s almost imperative to shoot at a fast shutter speed. As for a landscape photographer, it may not be mandatory but highly recommended.

Make sure the camera allows for an optimum amount of light because that’d account for a faster shutter speed. Now I already mentioned wildlife photographers shoot dangerous animals from a safe distance, which means they need a longer focal length. The old school techniques hold focal length and the shutter speed each should be commensurate to the other. If the the focal length is 300mm, the shutter speed should be 1/300 seconds.

The modern day photographers don’t buy that anymore because the latest cameras are equipped with cutting edge technologies and better sensors. They allow the photographer to shoot faster than the focal length. Those cameras let photographers capture static subjects at a shutter speed of 1/800-sec and moving subjects at a shutter speed of 1/1600-sec to 1/4000-sec.

Use such cameras when you are shooting wildlife subjects.

Express your creativity

Getting a hang of technicalities will undoubtedly help you. But being creative is more important. Try to reflect your creativity through the photos you are taking. This will make them qualitatively superior.

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Phyllis 5 years, 8 months ago

lovely picture

5 years, 8 months ago Edited