Sep 13, 2011
Why is it important for us to encourage nature photography in Kenya? Many of us think that photography is only limited to the studio and weddings. Family photo sessions play a very big role in the art of photography.
Memories of moments spent with loved ones are treasured and preserved for future generations. In all these there still exists a branch of photography that’s highly untapped. This branch accounts for all the beauty that you see in the world: Nature Photography.
What is Nature Photography?
This is a branch in the science of photography that deals with nature, it involves taking pictures of flowers, animals, landscapes and the environment at large. We have all enjoyed the benefit of environmental photography at different times in our life. You and I know that we cannot exclude nature from any part of our lives. When having a wedding, you look for a nice landscape or oceanic background, the same is replicated in family photography.
Flowers like Roses brings in the feeling of Love and tender care of a loved one. Lily brings devotion, humility and friendship a true lover brings. The open face of Sunflowers symbolize the sun itself, bringing warmth, beauty, happiness, longevity and adoration. The goodness of nature will not be enjoyed unless captured in photography.
In the jungle Lions, cheetahs, African elephant, and the Hyena would be stories we tell future generations if we don’t share their memories in wildlife photography. This means that we can’t separate nature from photography and expect to pass information to future generations.
Whats Needed to Experience The Joy of Nature Photography?
- Love for life and mother nature: This is the first step in environmental photography, you must love life period. Your photos show the result of your emotional attachment to nature. You need to become one with nature as those who practice Yoga say. Feel the environment, breath fresh air into your nostrils, exhale slowly, feel the breeze coming from the winds as they blow your hair away. Why all these? because you need to love what you photograph or else you know what.
- Have all your tools in place: get you camera accessories, your travel bag if going for travel photography. not having the right tools will always show up in the kind of photos you bring home. The quality of your work will depend on the tools and skill you have. Great nature photography is the result of experience and being sensitive to details.
- Great ideas and creativity in knowing what to do: you need to look for different ways of picture taking. Take pictures of the Great Lake Victoria, the Coastal coral caves at the South coast of Kenya, wildflowers or head down to the national park and take elephant pictures. The trick is; don’t limit your mind cause you don’t know what great photos you could produce.
Nature Photography Summary
Now that you have the basic information about wildlife photography then you need to go to the Nairobi National park of the Masai Mara to experience the reality of wildlife. If not flowers or wildlife then landscapes, rivers, mountains will do the trick just remember there is no nature photography in Kenya without nature and photography.