Some of you have asked how to put together a day-long nature photo shoot. Like many of you, photography is a big part of my creative life! I have hundreds (thousands?) of photos that I have organized and stored in online folders, so I can use them when I need them for personal and business use. I get a lot of inspiration from nature, and I’m interested in getting more nature photos to use in my blog, artwork, and around my home. I snap many photos spontaneously but I shoot most during day-long photo shoots.
So! As my dog Rocket barks for no reason at tree branches, and the kids holler for help with my sewing machine–which they don’t have permission to use, I’ll let you in on my process of planning a nature photo shoot. I already know my next shoot will be a calm and quiet shoot, and I will be going alone. wink wink
Here’s how I plan a nature photo shoot
- Decide what kinds of photos I need. Do I need photos of water? Photos of giant trees in a forest? A garden bursting with colorful flowers? A combination of all of these? Knowing this helps me determine where to go. In this recent post I used nature photos.
- Decide how much time and money I have to spend on the trip. Half day? Be home by Dinner? Also, how much gas and food money can I spend
- Research and choose the shoot location. Now that I know the answers to numbers 1 and 2, I can pick a specific location. Because this is a day trip, I will pick an appealing location within 2 hours.
- Decide what time of day will garner the best photos. I will get the best shots–ones with dramatic light and shadows–in the early morning or late afternoon. Every time zone is different, but here in Indiana I want to take outdoor pix during the summer months around 6am or 7pm
- Set a date and watch the weather. Here in the Midwest the weather changes quickly, sometimes without notice so I watch the weather closely!
- Gather my gear and go! I always bring my trusty Canon and camera phone. I also take food, a small emergency First Aid kit, and a small journal for notes.
I hope these tips help you to plan a successful nature photo shoot!