Nature Photography… With a Cellphone?

 
The inherent wide angle nature of a cellphone’s camera is perfect for making landscape photographs. Shot with: Xolo Q800. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

The inherent wide angle nature of a cellphone’s camera is perfect for making landscape photographs. Shot with: Xolo Q800. Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Your cellphone is the biggest asset for making great nature photographs. Supriya Joshi elucidates.

Photographing the beauty of nature can be a very meditative experience. Wide open vistas, pristine water bodies or even colourful flowers are just a few things you can make images of. However, let’s escape from the purist’s approach to nature photography and think about it from a cellphone camera user’s point of view. It can yield fantastic results.

Go Closer
With a cellphone camera, what you lose is the ability to zoom into your subject. Do not use the cellphone’s digital zoom function, as it will heavily pixellate the image. Instead, turn this limitation into an advantage by going physically closer to the subject. Be careful, though. We don’t want you accidentally falling off cliffs!

Patterns on the beach are endlessly fascinating as they are in a constant state of flux. Shot with: Gionee Elife E7. Photograph/Ambarin Afsar

Patterns on the beach are endlessly fascinating as they are in a constant state of flux. Shot with: Gionee Elife E7. Photograph/Ambarin Afsar

Use it as a Secondary Documenter
If you are on a trek or a safari, use your cellphone as your camera’s companion. Supplement images of a tiger with its pug marks shot with your cellphone. These intermingling shots can then become a unique series.

Convey Scale and Proportion
With the concept of scale, you can convey the position and size of the subject. For example, when you are on a mountaineering expedition, make a photograph which includes the base camp as well. This stark juxtaposition will give the viewer a sense of the massive size of the mountain.

You can find reflections that create wonderful mirrored illusions in still waters. Shot with: Samsung Galaxy S5. Photograph/Myrthe Buijs

You can find reflections that create wonderful mirrored illusions in still waters. Shot with: Samsung Galaxy S5. Photograph/Myrthe Buijs

Employ Minimalism
Sometimes, a singular being of a massive whole can make for a very striking image. For example, you can photograph a lone leaf against a colourful background. In essence, it is a tribute to the beauty of a small part of what makes planet earth.

Look Up!
Take a look upwards in an area thick with trees. Their leaves and branches create the most intricate patterns. You can create a whole series of images focusing on these nature’s ornate designs. A cluster of thin trees can also form converging lines giving the illusion of a vanishing point.

Showcase your subject in a unique manner by creating triptychs. Feature different areas of the subject in each section. Shot with: Samsung Galaxy Win I8550. Photograph/Sarang Naik

Showcase your subject in a unique manner by creating triptychs. Feature different areas of the subject in each section. Shot with: Samsung Galaxy Win I8550. Photograph/Sarang Naik

Use Clichés Unconventionally
There is a reason why clouds are one of the most photographed subjects on Instagram. No cloudscape is ever the same, and you can use that to your advantage. Photograph them at different times of the day… you can even create a collage out of the best images!

Tags: Nature, patterns, Minimalism, textures, august 2014, cellphone nature photography