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Nature Photography Tips And Tricks By Photography Coach Al Mierau

By on December 17, 2012
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Al spent many years photographing residential and commercial structures in the three western provinces. His images have been published in Gardens West, Air Canada, Grandfather, and Heritage Canada magazines using these very nature photography tips.

Al and his wife are retired, and reside in Saskatoon, SK, and this is what tips he has to share about nature photography.

“Every long weekend in August, since 1995, my wife and I have camped at Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located approximately 60km north east of Brooks, Alberta”

This video tutorial reveals some of the camera settings he used along with other nature photography tips, that Al took on board while shooting over at the Drumheller Valley and Dinosaur Provincial Park, in Alberta.

Al teaches nature photography  ***CLICK HERE*** to find out more about his courses

Al’s photography tips for a nature shoot

The Valley and Dinosaur Provincial Park features hoodoos, cottonwoods, wildlife that includes over 160 species of birds, and dinosaur fossils. Over the years 40 species of dinosaurs have been found, including at least 300 complete skeletons. Some of the park area is accessible only by mini bus excursions provided by the park service guides. This is in the areas that have been set aside for paleontologist’s to work.

Other areas not protected are accessible by hiking from the campground. Off road type vehicles are not allowed. Temperatures during summer months can easily reach 30 to 40 degrees Celsius. Proper head gear for shade and an ample supply of drinking water are a must if one is venturing out during peak daylight hours. A word of caution here; the soil in this area tends to become very slippery after a rain or heavy dew. Be sure to wear proper footwear when hiking in this area.

There is no cell phone coverage in this area. Photography of the various formations is best during evening hours, or just before sunrise. During those times the orange of the late afternoon light will accentuate the color in the rock formations.

The topography of this region is well suited for HDR photography so be sure to take along a good quality tripod even though most of us do not like to carry one. Even if you are not into HDR photography, a tripod is one of the single most important camera accessories you can make use of when photographing in this region. I tell my students it is just as important as a good quality lens.

If you are going to be doing slow shutter speed work also take along a remote release to trip your shutter. When you are considering purchasing a tripod I recommend you take your camera, with favorite lens, to a professional camera shop. That last thing you ever want to buy is a flimsy low cost tripod at your local grocery store. Have them mount your camera on several tripods for your evaluation.

A good quality tripod will be in the $200 range. If you want the same quality in carbon, ( sturdy, but very light weight), you are then in the $400 range. A good quality head will also set you back around $200.

Al teaches nature photography ***CLICK HERE*** to find out more about his courses

Al’s photography tips for a nature shoot

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