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Find Your Inspiration in Simplicity

Updated on July 25, 2010

Potential perfect pics are all around you.

 All too often photography lovers can't figure out what to take a picture of.  It's always a good idea to keep in practice by photographic the basics of nature.  All you have to do is get creative with it.  Of course if you like good basic pictures you'll bring your camera everywhere with you and won't ever be afraid to pull it out.

By basics of nature I mean trees, flowers, landscapes, the horizon, and even clouds here and there.  It is best to exclude the sun unless you're familiar with how to adjust the exposure time on your camera.  If you cannot do this the photos will turn out too bright or highlighted.  If you know what you're doing you can get some nice horizons shots at sunset, sunrise, or when the clouds are painted pink and orange.  Nature is beautiful.

Flowers in a garden, in a park, in a pot, or in a window can make for some colorful photos.  I find myself snapping shots of flowers just about everywhere I can find them.  Close up shots of them make for a nice landscape if you get the right angle.  One patch of daisies can turn out to look like a field of them if you get creative.  Not only are flowers good by themselves for colorful pics, but they attract a lot of tiny wildlife.  Bugs, butterflies, caterpillars, and even spiders are great for shots if they decide to sit still long enough.

Nature also provides excellent circumstances for profile shots.  The sunset is perfect for a darkened outline of that dog sitting on a hill or a car parked over yonder.  Get one of your friends to pose, facial expressions aren't an issue you can only see them as if they were a shadow because of the lighting.  Tree branches also make for interesting shots.  Yeah it's only a tree from right there,  but if you lay underneath it, look up and get a closer shot it might look awesome.  Trees make crazy shapes when you move around them.

Nature can make your photo shoot a success alone, but as a photographer you must take some creative licenseAngles, close-ups, and various heights add different perspectives and more interesting looking basic elements.  A flower looks like a regular flower until you get the camera underneath it and angle it upwards, then it looks bigger than you.  A leaf in a puddle just looks dirty until you get at an angle where the sun reflects off the water making the whole shot look magical. 

The beauty of photography is that it can capture anything, whether it be ugly or beautiful.  The photographer gets to control how other people will see the things they see.  You can even change the view people had about certain things by making it more appealing creatively in some awesome new way.  Don't always look for the big picture, but think to yourself, "how can I make this simple thing look awesome?"  Take control and be the photographer you can be!

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