The outdoors is one photo studio everyone can use! To help you get your best shots while you're out exploring nature, we've asked Nat Geo Young Explorer and wildlife photographer Gabby Salazar to share a few photo secrets.
Check out her photographs and tips below!
Look for new and exciting ways to photograph your subject. Look up and look down. You can't always move your subject, but you can move around your subject to look at it from a new angle. Don’t be afraid to get down on the ground to get a different perspective!
Use lines in your composition to lead the viewer’s eyes into your image. You could use a road going off into the horizon, a fence that leads up to a deer, or a line of trees that lead your eye to a barn. Move around and look for different elements that create this effect—diagonal lines work particularly well!
Shoot at eye level
Instead of photographing a squirrel or your baby brother from above, get down at their eye level so that they're staring directly into the camera. Images are more compelling when the subject is looking directly at you.
Show yourself in nature
Think of creative ways to photograph your outdoor adventure. You could show your friend silhouetted against the sunset or looking off into a meadow. You could also focus on smaller details, like your friend’s hands planting vegetables in your garden or your sister’s legs running through a field of wildflowers.
A lot of books and manuals will tell you the rules of photography. Rules can be helpful, but it's OK to break them and experiment. Digital photography allows you to take countless images—this means that you can experiment with different angles, different lighting, and different techniques. Be creative and have fun!