We asked ViewBug community member brandonbroderick to share his top nature photo tips. There's a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to nature photography and Brandon does an incredible job sharing his expertise and experience.

1. Know Your Subject.

Knowing your subject will really put the odds in your favor when it comes to photographing wildlife. When it comes to wildlife photography, nothing is more important than knowing the subject you’re after. This could mean knowing the time of day/night a bird or animal is active, or when it will be in a certain area. It could also mean understanding behavioral traits that will help predict what the animal is about to do.

2. Play With Perspective.

Standing behind your tripod with the camera perfectly at eye level is the most comfortable shooting stance, but try placing your camera lower to the ground or water, or higher up for that matter. It will offer a new perspective on the scene!

3. Tripods.

A tripod is a key part of the nature photography setup. Whether you’re trying to get that silky effect with flowing water, or capturing the star filled night sky, you’ll be happy you have a tripod with you. A tripod will also help keep your camera steady when shooting in dark areas such as a forest, or photographing wildlife that’s only active at dawn and dusk.

4. Rainy Days Are Great.

This one has more to do with wildlife but shooting rainy landscapes can also offer a unique view of a scene. When it comes to wildlife photography, rainy days allow you the chance to capture wildlife in a completely different mood. My personal favorite technique for photographing wildlife in the rain is to use a fairly slow shutter speed to capture the drops of rain as they streak through the frame. Side tip: a garbage bag and a few elastic bands make a great, affordable, and packable rain cover.

5. Sunrises & Sunsets

Shooting at sunrise and sunset allows for great opportunities to capture landscapes in soft, warm light. These times of day also happen to be when most wildlife is active, providing even more shooting opportunities.

6. Pay Attention To The Backgrounds.

If you’re photographing a specific subject such as a bird or animal, try to pay attention to the background of the photo while in the field. Nothing is worse than capturing that awesome moment only to find that there’s a distracting branch or building in the background. If possible, try to keep the subject closer to the camera than it is to the background. This will help keep the background blurry and out of focus. Trust me, I understand it’s not always easy getting the animal in a non-cluttered spot, but sometimes all it takes is a couple steps in one direction and the entire scene changes.

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