It’s springtime. Photographers start to go out and restart with nature photography (with or without human subjects), using the better light conditions of spring. What kind of tips are there about taking pictures with nature as a main subject or background? Are there some fixed “rules”?
What kind of things you should consider important when photographing nature is variety. It strictly depends on what you want to “point out” in your picture, or simply mark, make more evident, put in first place in your composition.
- If you have a beautiful landscape and you want to have all the details visible and “readable”, you have to set the camera in a way that everything is in focus. This aim requires a larger depth of field, so that nearer and farther objects (or subjects) are all in focus at the same time. How to do that? Try to set the smallest Aperture you can, setting the compatible Shutter Speed (in order to have a correct exposure).
- If you want to underline the detail of a tree or a flower (just to make an example), you need to play with depth of field in an opposite way: you need the shortest depth of field you can get. How to do that? Set the largest Aperture you can, setting the compatible Shutter Speed, and reaching the perfect exposure.
This logic in shooting is called Aperture Priority and it means simply that you choose first the Aperture and the appropriate Shutter Speed, basing this decision on the Aperture you chose.
Lomography is for the ones who want to risk and practice with some new and unexplored paths. That’s why I suggest you to ignore all these “rules” and experiment your own techniques, with a little bit of creativity and intuition.
Alessandro Panelli (aka yo.panic or .panic) is a Medicine and Surgery student, a photographer and a writer from Padova (Italy, near Venice).
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