Simple tips to improve your outdoor photography - take more outdoor photographs - 5 tips

The secret to good outdoor photographs starts by taking more of them!  Consistently good outdoor photographs are the results of practice, hard work, and a commitment to a goal. Make this years goal be, take more outdoor photographs!

Outdoor photography to most means nature photography. Wildlife, landscapes, etc. But, outdoor photography can be any photograph taken outside or even taken from inside of an outside environment!

Here are five simple tips that will help you improve your outdoor photography. They ONLY work if get out and take more pictures!

1. Keep your horizons level. Outdoor photographs of natural places look horrible with slanted horizons. . .

outdoor photography lone kayaker on calm lake glacier national park (Tony Bynum/

2. Eliminate distracting elements. Watching the edges of the frame. Don’t let that one blade of grass or stray branch ruin an otherwise great photo. You may have to find a new position, adjust your focal distance, or remove the item from the scene. Be judicious about moving things. I support some modest changes but I won't move a tree . . .

outdoor photography, bowhunter hunting elk deer mountains of montana burn area, fall hunting, bow hunting bow hunter in the field hunting old burn in western mountains (tony bynum)

3. Use shadows. Outdoor photographs should have some shadows. Find sidelight to help improve shadows and give depth to your outdoor photographs.

outdoor photography, glacier national park sunrise two medicine lake (Tony Bynum/

4. Use a human. Put a person in your outdoor photographs to give scale and depth.

Outdoor Photography, Hikers hiking on the prairie

5. Combine Elements. Use two or more strong elements to help tell a story.

outdoor photography, man photographing glacier national park winter scene (Tony Bynum/

Bonus tip:  Don’t drink out of aluminum water bottles when it’s 20 below! Just Say’n.

Good Luck out there,

Tony Bynum