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13 Tips for Photographing Nature #NGKInsider

My eldest has a growing interest in photography, especially nature photography. As a National Geographic Kids Insider, I had a chance to listen in on a chat with photographer Kelley Miller talk about how to photograph animals. We also found out how we can be part of setting a Guinness World Record!

First, here are some tips for photographing nature from Ms. Miller, illustrated with her photographs and a few of mine:

1. Be patient.

2. Practice your timing.

3. Make eye contact and smile.

4. Look for details.

5. Make the animal stand out using a simple background or a shallow depth of field.

6. Use negative space and asymmetry.

7. Include the animal’s habitat.

8. Give a sense of scale.

9. Pay attention to graphic elements.

10. Get closer to the action.

11. Go for motion.

12. Pursue personality.

13. Try different angles.

Do you want to be part of setting a Guinness World Record? Join National Geographic’s Great Nature Project in creating the largest online collection of animal photos. (It will take 100,000 images to earn a Guinness World Records title. Just head outside with your cell phone or camera, take a picture of an animal, and upload it by September 29 to Flickr, Twitter, or Instagram, tagging the image #GreatNature and #Animal.

Disclosure: I am a National Geographic Kids Insider and receive special access and the occasional product sample. I have no obligations to National Geographic Kids and receive no monetary compensation as part of this program.

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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4 Responses to "13 Tips for Photographing Nature #NGKInsider"

  1. Linda Rand says:

    I must try some of these tips.

  2. Anna Hettick says:

    Really awesome photos!! Great tips!!

    Visiting from the 5M4M power team. :)

  3. I like no. 8 Give a sense of scale. That’s a good technique for nature photos and beyond.

  4. Nollie says:

    I’m so glad that the ineerntt allows free info like this!

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