10 Best Tips For Nature Photography With Smartphone Camera

Smartphone camera keep getting better & better with each new phone release & its add features & higher megapixels counts. If you want to be a better photographer then choose to more interesting stuff. Nature is full of interesting stuff & thanks to smartphone photography has steadily been improving.

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Most Nature shot taken with a Dslr have the advantage of true interchangeable lenses,depth-of-field control & ultra-long exposure times.Smartphone have none of these options. Yet stunning images of the natural world are produced every day by smartphone photographer. How do they do it ?

Here are 10 easy to follow tips , which will help you take better nature photography & techniques, as you venture out to explore the natural world :-

1. Choose the right time of day - Lighting is crucial in photography but even more so in nature photography. After all no amount of editing & app trickery can fix bad lighting. To know the best time to take photos - expert nature photographers say that the best lighting usually happens very early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is at a relatively low angle in the sky. Hence , some compositions may photograph better in bright sunlight or night time, so do not rigidly limit yourself to any certain day of time.

2. Cleans the lens - The common mistake is that taking a photo is not cleaning the lens & screen properly. You should keep the lens clean. You can use soft microfiber cloth material or any other soft cloths to clean it.The dust in the lens can effect quality of the image.

3. No to zoom & Flash - The zoom and flash options are useful in a specific occasion, but it is not advised to use in most of the scenarios. Zooming affects the pixels by scattering it which reduces the quality of the image. Zooming with your default lens is just another way of cropping the image. You can do the same in post processing. Flash at low light conditions creates noise in the image. It adversely affects the quality of the image.

4. Choose the high dynamic range (HDR) - Nature photography is a challenge on its own, so it can become an even more difficult task when you have to capture complex exposure tones, hues & contrasts with a smartphone.Taking pictures of nature compare to other travel photos can be tricky because of the way that natural light can effect the way that your image ends up looking, you may see unbalanced highlights & shadows that result in an overall underwhelming shot of image.In these situation you should change the setting of your smartphone camera to high dynamic range or HDR. While in this setting, you'll get a photo with balanced light and dark features that are less likely to overpower each other.

5. Smartphone manual controls - It's authentic that you take travel & nature photos while in manual mode because smartphone camera are usually calibrated to be on auto mode which is designed to automatically make dark features even darker & light aspects much lighter. What you are looking for is balance between the lights & darks which can be achieved if you shoot while in manual mode. This is also beneficial for taking images in dimly-lit places where you need optimum focus & use minimal lighting. Even if you can't calibrate shutter speed & iso settings like a Dslr, you can still use settings on your smartphone that can set the shutter speed, white balance & other aspects based on whether its nigh time or day time.

6. Perspectives controls - Perspectives is a fun & simple way to be creative with your photography. Don't just limit yourself to be standard selfie or medium shot with a light & smartphone, you can capture nature or landscape from all angles. Bow down for a low angle shot to make the scenery look larger than life. Try to adjust mountains or Hillside area from a low angle to high to make look dominant & powerful.

7. Viewpoint Shooting -The smartphones are not heavier one like the DSLR and its gear. So, it is to carry and place where ever you want. When you are standing in a wide-open space to take a nature photo, always look out for a strong element. The element can be any natures & landscapes like rocky areas, sky, hills, fields, roadways, and so on. After selecting a subject, find the best way to capture it by changing your perspectives. Try to shoot from a top angle or eye level or a low-level position depends on your subject and backdrop. Get the best viewpoint to steal every bit of the stunning elegance of nature by your smartphone, and fill the nature in your frame.

8. Rule of Thirds -The Rule of third is one of the best composition techniques. It's about placing elements in the scene. The whole frame divided into 9 equal rectangle boxes with the help of two horizontal and two vertical equidistant intersecting lines. The intersection of lines gives four intersecting points. The basic idea is to place the elements on off-center positions because our eyes naturally concentrate on the other portion than the center of the frame. To apply this rule, you can use the grid option in your smartphone camera app. Placing the subject in the intersecting lines or points produces a more balanced image. Placing the subject in the intersecting lines or points produces a more balanced image.

9. Framing & Lighting -Framing is quite a tough task because the framing structures have to be available for the scene, naturally. This topic is about the framing process during the photo shooting, not a task during post-processing work. The artificial structures, trees, branches of the tree, naturally built structures or particular elements in the scene act as a frame for your image. It is not always possible to get one like that, but if you got an opportunity then never misses it.Lighting is the soul of photography. The bluish sky creates an exceptional cuteness to the overall scene. You can also do a photo shoot during the daytime, but you have to take more care of the sunlight.You can take great photos with the help of soft and diffused light on golden hours.

10. Smartphone Editing Applications -Post processing is inevitable in photography. You can find so many software and image editing apps in android or iOS store. We usually use the Google photos application for a simple editing process. We also use smartphone applications like Google Snapseed, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe photoshop express.

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June 20, 2019


I am glad that you commented.@Adammeadows12

June 18, 2019


thank you for the advice, interesting article..

June 10, 2019


I appreciate your comment. @Data2203

June 10, 2019


Thank you for the comment ,This encourages me a lot.@Vandanajain1502

June 10, 2019


Thank you for the comment ,This encourages me a lot.@Cbeckwith

June 10, 2019


great article, thanks!

June 09, 2019


Thank You.. Its Really Helpful

June 07, 2019


I checked my shooting method by cellphone. Everything fits your article! Thank you for sharing! 

June 07, 2019


Thank you !!! :)

June 05, 2019


Great article! It is true you can do some good stuff with cell phone cameras, but they certainly don't compare with a DSLR. But those are some really good tips if all you have on you at the moment is the cell phone. And definitely: Cleans the lens!!!!! Great tip. Good writing! William 

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