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We’ve all stood before an incredible sunset or a breath-taking landscape and wanted to immortalise the moment.

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional photographer, this precious advice from the experts at National Geographic will help you capture the beauty of nature in your photographs.

  1. Take advantage of overcast days: the diffused light of the cloud cover enhances colour saturation.
  2. Take your pictures early in the morning. In this way you can avoid the crowds and take advantage of the beautiful dawn light.
  3. Take advantage of the sunset to take pictures of wheat fields or wild flowers: the golden light of the sunset will make the light field brighter and give the picture a warmer atmosphere.
  4. When taking pictures of details, try from different angles (from below, from above, from the side) to find the most interesting composition.
  5. When talking closeups of animals, use a very open diaphragm, which will give less depth to the image field and make the subject stand out from the out-of-focus background.
  6. A good tripod will allow you to take better pictures in low and dramatic light. But don’t be afraid to take pictures by hand with a long exposure: you can sometimes get some very interesting effects.
  7. When taking pictures of birds look for a natural background, without any manmade objects that could draw attention away from the main subject.
  8. When taking pictures of plants, to create a stronger more interesting image, look for a point where there are many grouped together.
  9. Wild animals tend to blend into the landscape, so pay attention to the background, by focusing on creating contrasts,
  10. If you want to take a picture of lightning – an extremely powerful and striking image – you need to be both very patient and lucky, because you never know when it will strike! A good strategy is to leave the shutter open for a few seconds and keep the diaphragm closed. Naturally, in this case, a tripod is a must.
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