Outdoor Photography

Outdoor photography is a photography form, wherein whatever is shot is outside the studio area.Subjects can be anything from landscape, cities, nature to wildlife and the subject possibilities are endless. It offers a great opportunity for those who want to explore the world though the lens of the camera and take great photo shoots of their subject in their natural element and under natural lighting.

There are many forms of outdoor photography and of them the two most common types are landscape photography and wildlife photography. In landscape photography, the subject is nature, while in wildlife photography, as the name suggests, is about shooting wildlife in its natural habitat and movements. Both these photography forms require considerable skills and experience.

Tips for landscape photography

Landscape photography is for those who enjoy the beauty of nature and try to capture nature at its best through their camera lens. Most landscape photographers use their photos to send out environmental messages to people. Here are a couple of tips on how to take good landscape photos:

    1) Composition - Before you shoot, take in the entire scene in front of you. Decide which of the areas you wish to include in your photo. Compose your picture in such a way that what you want to shoot fits into it completely, leaving the unnecessary elements out.
    2) Light - Outdoor photography takes place under natural light. Before you take a shot, note the direction, intensity, and color of the light surrounding the picture. The best times to shoot are a couple of hours after sunrise and a couple of hours before sunset.
    3) Using filters - You can use filters to bring out the subject you are photographing even better. For example using neutral density filter is good in subject areas with sharp contrasts.
    4) Angle - Most landscapes are taken in the horizontal angle, you can try the vertical angle as well for a unique look.

Tips for wildlife photography

Wildlife photography requires daring because as a photographer who is out there shooting in the wild, you need to be slight on your feet and quiet enough for the animals not to detect you while you shoot.

Those interested in taking up this form of photography can try to bring out their skills in photographing animals a the local zoo, to perfect the art of choosing the right lighting and angles before venturing into more adventurous areas. Here are a couple of tips on shooting wildlife photography.

    1) Choosing the right angle is very important. To do this you would have to wait for the animal to strike a pose, which require patience because without it you won't get a good shot.
    2) Wildlife photography requires sophisticated camera equipment. For example if you want to shoot birds, you would require a camera with 600mm lenses in conjunction and good auto focus features to help you zoom in for required shots.
    3) You should have an understanding about the animal that you are shooting, particularly how they move and their behavior patterns, to be able to shoot them in what is their typical behavior.


Outdoor photography as been around ever since photography came about. It covers a broad spectrum of photography forms of which wildlife and landscape are just a part. Other interesting forms of outdoor photography are taking pictures of people in the streets during day as well as during night.

Capturing people under natural light means they can be photographed in their most natural form, which can be very interesting as hey are not puffed up or dressed up a see n a studio shot. Cloudscape photography and underwater photography are forms that can be considered as outdoor photography because obviously these are not taken inside a studio environment.

In cloudscape photography clouds are photographed in their natural beauty, while in underwater photography takes a photographer into in lakes, seas and oceans to shot the interesting life forms below the water. Whatever be the form of outdoor photography, it is very challenging as he subject is photographed under real life situations.

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