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Digital Photography – Making Bad Weather Photography a Blessing For Your DSLR Digital Camera

This preservation attitude will keep an open invitation for future generations of photographers.

So where do we begin as nature photographers?rs?

1. Equip yourself

This is really key to any form of nature photography from landscape on the one side right across to close-up and macro on the other. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to shoot a subject that is just out of reach or the inability to get close enough. There are minimum equipment requirements and you should get good advice from other photographers or reputable equipment suppliers. A zoom lens with a macro feature could suffice for close-up photography and coupled with a two times converter for bird photography. It doesn’t have to be expensive to begin with.

2. Be patient and practise

Patience is a virtue and no more so than with nature photography. Animals and birds (even in zoos) do not act on cue so it becomes necessary to wait for hours and sometimes, as with professionals, even days. Waiting for the right weather conditions, right animal or right lighting conditions takes a lot of patience and effort. If you aren’t prepared to do this then maybe it’s not for you. Because of all these factors, practise becomes an essential part of a nature photographers life. If you don’t continue to practise you won’t get the shot. It’s 99% effort and 1% luck.

Try visiting your location or subjects several times before starting your photography so that you get to understand their environment. Read books, join societies and search the internet until you feel you know enough about your chosen field to start shooting images.

4. Find a suitable location

All wildlife or nature photographers aspire to shoot the big five, humpback whales or the elusive snow leopard. These are not the place to start unless you live on a game reserve or at the coast. Find a place close to home like your back garden, a local botanical garden or even a zoo. Somewhere you can be comfortable and practise without major effort. Try things on a small scale and work upwards as you gain more experience and are up to the challenge. A good location with good subjects will spur you on to greater heights.

5.
Are you like me and love taking outdoor photographs of anything and everything with your DSLR digital camera? One of the things that so often keeps digital cameras hidden away out of site tends to be bad weather, even though some great bad weather photography gets taken when the elements seems to take a turn for the worst. Are you missing out on some great photographic opportunities?

I certainly would not say take your digital camera outside and stand in the rain taking pictures of things as this really is Not a good idea and the camera would possibly end up getting ruined, but with a bit of thought and planning you can soon be capturing some great images that might otherwise not be possible.

This will also allow an instant extension on your collection of mainly fine weather pictures. I try and allocate a whole day each week purely as a photography day where I go out to various locations and see what unfolds before me.

I used to get disappointed when I would chose a specific day, look out of the window and see a miserable dark and grey sky.