Through the lens: 8 ways to capture nature on film

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Through the lens: 8 ways to capture nature on film

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THROUGH THE LENS

Our team share their tips on the best way to capture the beauty of our planet

The process involves more than just pointing a camera and pressing the record button. It’s about capturing the essence of our natural world, so here are some tips to help you get started:

Plan your shoot

Research the location you want to film and choose the right time of day and season for optimal lighting and wildlife activity. Make sure you bring the right safety equipment, food, clothing, and camera gear with as any videographer will tell that the weather can be your best-friend or worst nightmare.

Use the right equipment

Invest in a good quality camera and lenses suitable for nature videography. You might wish to invest in equipment that is light and easy to move if you are focussing on capturing wildlife and/or filming in a location where weather constantly changes, or you may prefer something that is a heavy and durable if you are planting roots in the one location. We strongly recommend using a tripod to stabilise your shots, especially for capturing landscapes or wildlife from a distance as well bring a range of lens to make sure you cover all bases.

Understand your subject

Learn about the behaviour of the wildlife or natural phenomena you want to capture. This will help you anticipate their movements and get better shots. However, remember to always be safe, wildlife can be unpredictable and should never be underestimated.

Patience is key

Nature videography can often require waiting for the perfect moment. Be prepared to spend time observing and waiting for wildlife to appear or for the right lighting conditions to occur. This loops back to bringing the right equipment, make sure you are comfortable and make sure you utilise the equipment you have. Set you cameras on a timer instead of waiting patiently for ours. Invest in two-three GoPro’s or a similar device, which you can mount to numerous positions which can assist in capturing those elements of nature which test your patience.

Capture a variety of shots

Experiment with different angles, compositions, and focal lengths to capture the diversity and beauty of nature. Wide shots can showcase landscapes, while close-ups can highlight intricate details. Pay attention to composition principles like the rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing. Use these techniques to create balanced, visually appealing images that draw the viewer’s eye into the scene.

Respect nature

Always prioritise the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants. Follow any regulations or guidelines for the area you’re filming in and avoid disturbing wildlife or their habitats. Pay attention to the natural sounds and ambiance of the surroundings. You may want to record ambient audio alongside your footage to enhance the viewing experience. If you wish to capture audio remember to pack quality audio gear. In-built microphones on cameras may not always produce the best audio.

Consider lighting

Lighting can make or break a nature shot. The golden hours around sunrise and sunset typically offer the most flattering light, casting warm, soft tones across the landscape. However, in some Australian landscapes, specifically regional areas, natural light can come in the forms of full moons, blue moons, and even solar eclipses. Don’t shy away from shooting in other lighting conditions—rain, fog, and stormy skies which can add drama and mood to your photos.

Tell a story

Think about the narrative you want to convey through your footage. Whether it’s documenting the life cycle of a plant or showcasing the behaviour of a particular animal, storytelling can make your nature film more engaging. Once you’ve captured your footage, spend time editing to enhance the visual appeal and storytelling. Use editing software to adjust colours, contrast, and sound ensuring you stay true to its natural beauty.

Remember, filming in nature is as much about the experience as it is about the final footage. Enjoy the process of connecting with nature and expressing your unique perspective through your work.

Contact our team for more information today.