If one of your goals when you get outside to enjoy Canada’s vast natural spaces this summer is to bring home some awe-inspiring photographs, you may be wondering where to start. We spoke with Bruce Kirkby, an award-winning wilderness writer and adventure photographer to get his take on what makes a great nature photo.
1. Pay attention to the time and weather
The hour just after sunrise and the hour just before sunset are called the “golden hour” in the world of photography. Bruce estimates that 85 to 90 per cent of professional photos that are sold are taken during these times of day, when the light is softer due to less dynamic range of light. Mid-day shots are not as attractive since photos can get blown out with too much light. If you’re planning on taking wildlife photos, cloudy days are best as more wildlife is active.
2. Include something in the foreground to frame your subject
Including a small object that is closer to you than your subject frames the subject and deepens perspective. The foreground object doesn’t need to be in focus to be effective at adding a sense of depth.