How to become a professional nature photographer.
Our featured photography experts Jeff Carlson, Carli Davidson and Samuel Nute answer a few questions about how to become a nature photographer.
“You don’t need a lot of specific gear. The most important thing with nature photography is getting yourself out into nature,” says Carlson.
“Unless you’re shooting a hummingbird feeder, none of the birds will be very close. If you use a mid-range lens, you will capture the bird, but it will be a tiny speck. Depending on the resolution of your camera, you can zoom in and you might still have a good shot.”
Davidson points out that it’s easy to get distracted or excited when shooting outdoors. So practising your technical skills enough so they become second nature can save you in the long run.
Carlson mentions that experience is the best teacher. He says: “Sometimes the better sunset happens after the sun goes down. Depending on the clouds, the sky can explode with colour. Too many times I see people out shooting and when the sun goes down, they think it’s time to go.”
Creativity is also key to become a successful nature photographer. When shooting landscapes, Samuel Nute says: “Be patient for the conditions to line up and try to get a different spin on popular landscapes.”