It's Week #15: Nature

To be shot and submitted between Sunday, Apr 5 and Sunday, Apr 12 (noon, Eastern)

It’s time to get out of the house and capture Mother Earth!

There are so many wonderful things to document in nature, whether it’s the inspirational colors, natural leading lines, or even the cycle of life and death. Try to think outside the box, rather than running the first idea that hits you. How can you really make this your own?

Take care in crafting your story, and in strengthening that story with your decisions in shooting and processing. Look for unique angles and perspectives. Look for strong leading lines (like in Jaime’s photo, above). But most of all, just enjoy being out of the house and exploring this beautiful blue marble we call Earth!

Tips and Tuts for this week:


  • Learn to use the Photoshop Patch Tool on our blog, from a great video by the wonderfully helpful Phlearn. This will come in very handy as you perfect your natural landscapes.
  • Here’s a great blog post we created about Leading Lines.
  • Nature is a great opportunity to find Complementary Colors, as seen in our album from Week 4.
  • Looking for a narrow depth of field? Zoom in close and shoot with a wide open aperture, like in this shot.
  • Nature also provides a great opportunity for shooting macro, like in this Pinterest board. Remember to get in close to your subject!

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Trees” albums from2014 and 2013. There’s plenty more beauty here, here, and of course,Google Images.

Extra Credit: “Light-Paint your Subject”

If you’re feeling experimental, light-painting is a really fun photographic method, where you set a really long shutter speed, and “paint” light on your subject, using a torch, flashlight, phone light, colored lights, flashes, etc. (This ideally would be done at night, of course, and with a tripod!)
You can use colors to produce dramatic effects, or simply shape your subject by applying light in certain areas.

Again, it is not necessary to work in this Extra Credit piece. It’s extra credit!