6 Reasons to Become a Nature Photographer

6 Reasons to Become a Nature Photographer

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#1 An Ever-Changing Subject

Nature photography never gets boring. Whether it be wildlife or landscape photography you are interested in, there is always a new angle you can introduce to your photos.

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For landscape photography, the weather is never exactly the same – clouds make unique formations, and the way sun rays cast over the scene in front of you are always very special.

If you take photos of wildlife, then you will be forever capturing moments that will never be repeated. Take the example of two birds fighting on a branch: you will never get a photo of the exact same birds, with the exact same body and wing positions, in exactly the same backdrop. You have an opportunity to record something truly unique.

#2 Be At One With Nature

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There’s no better excuse for getting outside than feeding your thirst for nature photography. Nowadays a lot of people spend too much time indoors, and going outside is extremely beneficial for your wellbeing – that’s for both your health and enjoyment. If you’ve caught the photography bug then getting into the outdoors with your camera becomes something you really enjoy doing.

#3 It’s Easily Accessible

Nature is everywhere – you don’t need to look far to find a beautiful scene or a bird that is willing to come to a bird feeder. You don’t have to book a studio and a model to take photos; just go outside and start clicking that shutter.

Even for those who live in cities, there is wildlife everywhere – you may just not know it yet. At night, deer and foxes come into suburban areas and make for interesting photographs. Venture out into the countryside and you will find rolling hills and endless photographic opportunities.

#4 It’s Relaxing

Nature photography is extremely therapeutic if you can reap enjoyment from it. If you have had a stressful week, heading out to be alone with your camera and the natural world can be a great way to wind down and forget any troubles.

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#5 Everyone Loves Nature

Most people admire nature in some form. Whether that be appreciating a dramatic, serene landscape or the glint in a swooping eagle’s eye, your photos are going to be appreciated by a wide audience. If you are looking to share something that people can connect with, nature photography is a great way to do this.

When done correctly, nature photos will transport the viewer into your shoes, allowing them to imagine the scene as if they were there with you. Providing this window into the natural world to those who may not be able to access it themselves is a great thing to do.

#6 Raising the Profile of the Environment

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Nature photography helps to raise the profile of our planet and the environment. It allows people to experience things they may not see themselves, and therefore encourages them to care about its preservation. You can, in a small way, help to raise awareness of the natural world and work to promote its conservation.

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Will Nicholls is a professional wildlife photographer and film-maker from the UK. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the title of Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2009. Will runs a blog for nature photographers, Nature TTL, which provides tutorials and inspirational articles to readers. He also has a free eBook available called 10 Top Tips to Instantly Improve Your Nature Photos.