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Three things no one tells you about trying to capture nature on film

By expert nature photographer, Shem Compion.



 1.      Research.
Research on your subject and location is important. Google Maps has made this so much easier, and even more exciting!


Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. 
-Frank Lloyd Wright


2.       Know your camera.
There are times you will want to change settings rapidly and you should be able to do this without taking your eye off the viewfinder.  A minute looking for buttons and dials can cost you the shot of a lifetime. Work on perfecting technique rather than perfecting the equipment you have. Technique will take you much further than the latest lens or camera. By knowing your camera and remaining present you will be able and ready to capture the decisive moment. 


A style is not a matter of camera angles or fancy footwork, it's an expression, an accurate expression of your particular opinion.
-Karel Reisz


3.       Be patient.
Wildlife has no schedule and you have no control. Have the patience to recognise and wait for the right moment. Eye contact adds impact to an image, particularly when doing animal portraits, and the person viewing the photo is more likely to engage with your photo.  


Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson




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