The global lockdown that we now face as nature photographers prevent us from taking out our cameras. It isn’t easy to lose this creative outlet no matter what your profession is.
This is why I searched through the Nature TTL virtual Library and found our top articles for extended periods of “time off”.
If you have a garden, you are a lucky person. You can always take your camera along to exercise. You can’t spend hours at the hide of your local Kingfisher, but maybe it’s time for you to try a new style.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you take nature photos at home or close to home.
Butterflies and other animals
It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, and we’ve had some pretty nice weather here in the UK.
Our favorite macro subjects continue to be in business as before. The dragonflies are busy buzzing about ponds, and the butterflies will soon fly past your window.
You can improve your skills as a macro photographer. You don’t have to spend a lot on a macro lens. The NiSi close-up filter is a cheap and quick way to convert existing lenses.
Photograph the stars in the Garden
Star photography is a great option for those outsides of the city. This area has seen a lot of our content.
It’s a wonderful way to spend your time and is captivating. You’re missing out if you haven’t tried it!
Find pond residents
Have a pond? Well, you’re sorted! Your pond can provide endless inspiration. Ponds attract a lot of wildlife, from insects to frogs to bathing birds.
Camera traps in the Garden
Are you familiar with wildlife camera trapping? Although it’s not easy to master, it can be incredibly rewarding.
Set up a DSLR camera trap in your Garden to see the creatures living on it at night.
You might know someone who would be happy to let you set it up, provided that you are legal. You can take your lockdown walking breaks and go check it out, then change the batteries or memory card and return home.
The Daffodils have been out and about right now. There’s still plenty of floral inspiration. Do you often find yourself taking photos of wildlife? This is the time to improve your skills. You have the opportunity to capture something more than just a basic flower shot. How can you make your image stand out?
You don’t have to live in an apartment if you can’t access green spaces. Why not get some seeds and bulbs indoors so that your subject can grow? You can create a background and good lighting to see how many studios’ macro work you can do!
You might not stalk the streets looking for foxes or other urban wildlife, but many of these subjects will be hiding in gardens.
You can try your hand at urban wildlife photography with a more homely touch! Is it possible to shoot outside your Garden? Set up interesting props – spades, plant pots etc. See what creative ideas you can come up with.
More unusual macro subjects
It’s possible to wake up to frosts depending on where you live. Frogspawn will also be found in ponds, and there are other details you should pay attention to.
Please get back to work and polish that macro lens or adapt it with the NiSi filter!
Do a time-lapse
A time-lapse is something anyone can do, even indoors. You can shoot a time-lapse of a natural scene or the city’s lights at night. You can either set up your tripod or try time-lapsing. You have plenty of time, so why not learn this skill?
Install a garden hide
Let’s go back to the old tutorials. Have you ever thought about setting up a hide and feeding station in your Garden? To capture beautiful images of your subjects, you could also try a reflection pool.
Check out our eBooks and Videos to learn more.
We also offer tutorials for free. A popular YouTube channel and several premium eBooks allow you to dive into different areas in photography. Check them out to see what you can find.
What are your strategies for coping with this?
It is difficult times for all people around the globe, some more than others. But it is possible to make it easier for yourself. What are your thoughts on lockdown?
We want to hear your top tips and what you managed to capture on film during this unusual period. Keep smiling, and be well!