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.

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  • Nature is awesome, except when you have allergies to just about everything that’s out there. So sure, I love nature, but only in winter.

  • blueiceberg.com

    As a professional nature photographer I noticed a glaring omission in the reasons to become a nature photographer…and with good reason. The author did not mention making money as a reason. That’s because in today’s nature photography world it has become next to impossible to make money with nature photography. Now, everyone has a digital camera. Few have any clue about what they are doing and the market is flooded with literally millions of pictures daily being offered for free or next to nothing.
    Have fun with your nature photography for all of the reasons stated. But don’t expect to make any money with it.

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  • somainecoast

    Yep, which is why I’m inside today reading about nature photography instead of out there doing it.

  • Jason

    I don’t do nature photography primarily because it is incredibly time consuming to get way out to where the wild things are and then you need infinite patience to wait for them to appear. Also, nature photography requires a lot of high end equipment. In my opinion landscape photography, architectural photography and street photography are all much much cheaper and easier.

  • Same here.

  • Todd Koenig

    Loved your tips! As an aspiring nature photographer my main question to you is how to market your pictures to enable a reasonable income. There are plenty of places to give away your hard earned work, but I am struggling with outlets that offer reasonable compensation. Any tips/ideas? Thanks in advance!! Todd

  • Terry

    I understand where you are coming from but for me and maybe others it’s the joy of being out there with nature and if someone appreciates what I have captured or can learn from it, that in itself makes it worthwhile.

  • Adedotun Ajibade

    Many folks that are currently in the nature field first nurtured and developed the passion before seeking a way to make it a profitable endeavor. So it is not always about the money.
    The reasons stated above are sufficient stimulants for an aspiring nature photographer. If money were ever to be one of the reasons to do nature photos, then I believe it would be the least. Nevertheless, I am not ignorant of the fact that photography is an expensive venture and also that every professional-minded photographer requires funds to acquire the ideal gears and resources to meet his ends. Money, after all is a very critical aspect for development. But in nature photography, as it in science, money is more often than not a wrong motivation.

  • DavidS

    And its great exercise

  • Leah M

    I do nature photography precisely because it’s easy to do with basic equipment and easily accessible unless you live downtown in a large city. Wildlife can be tricky without a higher end telephoto zoom lens and some insects and spring flowers would look better using a macro lens, but nature is everywhere. It’s fun to use it as an excuse to find things that most people ordinarily overlook–it’s not just about charismatic large mammals and birds or iconic land formations. I don’t get to go out of town much but I’m always finding ways to see things in my neighborhood differently, make the ordinary extraordinary so to say.

  • james graham

    to day is hot rainy but I was out there and what did I find a dow with her fon lay on the bank of the cut here in the marsh a few turkey some nice big cotton mouths what great hot wet day in MO

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