Nature Photography… With a Cellphone?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!