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Whether you’re a savvy photographer or simply have a passion for nature,  taking some Fracture-worthy shots has got to be one of the most satisfying ways to spruce up your home or office. And what better time to get outside and capture the beauty of nature than now? The flowers are in bloom and the weather outside is anything but frightful. Whether you’re taking a trip, planning one, or want to revisit the nature within your own backyard, there are plenty of award-winning photo opportunities waiting to be snapped up.

“But how do we capture the beauty of nature, Fracture?” Well take a seat, and let us guide you through our top five tips to seizing the true essence of what we call Earth:

Shots, Shots, Shots!

Have you ever wished you could retake a shot of a special moment in your life? It’s a common habit to take one photo of a scene or subject and immediately move on, but don’t do it!

Although great photos can still be achieved in one take, taking additional photos will help ensure there is at least one winner amongst the bunch; it also increases your chances of getting a sharp image, takes into account changes in lighting conditions, and may inspire different compositions.

Flickr – Peter Gorges http://www.flickr.com/photos/petergorges/3803552417/sizes/m/in/set-72157605828501371/

Change Your Perspective

If you’re looking for that ‘wow’ shot, one of the things you will need to do is change your perspective. We’ve all seen the standard landscape views a thousand times, heck we’ve taken these shots ourselves a thousand times! Don’t rush your shots; try to find new and interesting points of view. This can be anything from finding a higher vantage point, to getting down on the ground. Explore and experiment and the key words here!

Flickr – Peter Gorges http://www.flickr.com/photos/petergorges/3754575889/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Shoot During the Golden Hours

Most professional photographers will never shoot during the day due to the bright and unflattering lighting conditions. The best shooting times are either dusk or dawn as this is when landscapes come alive, and the golden light comes out to play.

Flickr – RobbieRedBall http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbieredball/4730705044/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Be Conscious of Your Environment (Or a Ninja)

If you are hoping to capture some amazing shots of wildlife, then you will need to be more conscious of your surrounding environment or you may scare off any potential models. Animals and insects alike, especially birds and wild animals, are extremely sensitive to noise and movement so make sure you travel light and keep noise to a bare minimum. When you do finally catch that fleeting glimpse, quickly get into position and capture it while you can!

Flickr – Peter Gorges http://www.flickr.com/photos/petergorges/3780795869/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Use a Tripod

Utilizing a tripod will give you the power to take incredible, long exposure shots of moving subjects, such flowing water below. When photographing a subject that requires the camera to be absolutely still, a tripod is an essential piece of equipment.

Flickr – Toby Harriman http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobyharriman/7183240390/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Still looking for more tips? Check out two of our favorite macro photography blogs for more insight:

1. Mike Moats Blog

3. National Geographic

Also, for all you iPhone photographers out there, check out the app Field Tools. It’s an easy to use depth of field calculator to help you perfect those macro shots while on the go.

Once you’ve taken those perfect shots, select your favorites and print the digital pictures on glass. The printed effect is nothing short of magnificent, making it the ideal way to show off your best captures.

-The Fracture Team

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Drew Allen

Drew Allen

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