Nature and Wildlife Photography Tips Center

Top photographers share advice on everything from getting a sharper photo to photographing wildlife through a window

06-15-2016 // NW Staff
Photographer in forest

One of the best ways to truly see the nature and wildlife that surrounds us is through the lens of a camera. Distant raptors, tiny insects, quiet landscapes: All that nature has to offer takes on a new meaning when viewed as a potential photograph.

Whether you've been toting your camera on hikes for years, love to photograph the birds at your backyard feeder or are just getting started, we have photo tips that will inspire you to get outside, camera in hand!

Keep checking back! We'll be adding many more tips over time.

Thistle by Rob Sheppard

Sharpness and Camera Movement

There's nothing more frustrating to a nature photographer than capturing a once-in-a-lifetime subject with a fuzzy, unsharp image. Photographer and blogger Rob Sheppard shares his tricks for bringing focus to your photos with Five Tips for Getting a Sharper Image and tips for Getting Sharp Pictures Like the Pros.

Grasshoppers on a stem by Rob Sheppard

Composition and Quality

Pro photographer Rob Sheppard points out some basic techniques to keep in mind, including how to situate a subject within your frame and when to use your flash, which will help enhance all of your nature photos. Check out Three Simple Steps to Better Composition in Your Photos and Making Better Nature Photos.

Beetle on matilja poppy by Rob Sheppard

Macro Photography

Pro photographer Rob Sheppard offers tips on getting stunning close-up photographs without a macro lens. Check out Getting Close Without a Macro Lens and Beyond the Macro Lens.

Hummingbird through window by Thuy Senser

Backyard Wildlife

What's easier than photographing nature in your own backyard? Check out How to Photograph Nature Through a Window for tips and tricks on capturing natural-looking photographs.

In their NWF certified habitat, a photography team teaches you how to attract, nurture and photograph a diversity of native animals in Backyard Photography at its Best.

2009 Photo Contest winner Robert Strickland tells us how he transformed his Florida backyard into a haven for wildlife photography in How I Turned My Backyard into a Photozone.



If you are just getting started in wildlife photography, the birds that visit your backyard may be your best subjects: Backyard + Birds = Pretty Pictures.

Nature photographers share their secrets for getting great images of backyard birds in Candid Cameras.

Two top photography professionals share their secrets for taking sharp images of these fast flights of fancy in Tips for Photographing Hummingbirds.

California poppy by Rob Sheppard


Ever taken a photograph of a perfect bloom, then realized the image was...underwhelming? Rob Sheppard offers Six Tips for Photographing Flowers that will help ensure your flower photos are as gorgeous as their subjects, as well as Eight Tips for Capturing the Natural Beauty of Flowers and Flower Photos Beyond the Macro Lens.

bee on a flower by Rob Sheppard


The secret to getting great photos of butterflies, bees and other bugs: Get close! Rob Sheppard tells you how in his Tips for Photographing Insects and National Wildlife contributor Clay Bolt provides 5 Tips for Better Insect Photography.

Aster in prairie by Rob Sheppard

Wet Weather

Learn tricks for keeping your camera dry and how to work with the rain to produce interesting nature photos in Rob Sheppard's tips on Photographing When It's Wet.

Water Drop


Depending on your technique, images of water can be calm or exciting. Read our tips for photographing water.

Snowy trees by Rob Sheppard


Don't use cold weather as an excuse to stop getting outside with your camera! Read our 10 Tips for Winter Photography, then put on your gloves and get shooting.

running pheasant by Daniel Cox


In the air, in the water and on the ground, wild animals are often on the move. Photographer Daniel Cox tells us how he brings life and motion to wildlife photos in How to Make Your Still Images Move.

red eft by Rob Sheppard

Small Animals

In photography, as in life, bigger isn't always better. Rob Sheppard tells how (and why) we should be photographing the small creatures that surround us in Seven Tips for Photographing Small Animals.



Photographer Rob Sheppard shares his favorite tricks for photographing dawn and dusk without dulling their natural brilliance in Eight Tips for Photographing Sunrises and Sunsets.

moon and groats by Jim Kruger, istock


Whether you're camping under the stars or simply going for a moonlit walk, remember to bring along your camera and follow these tips for simple tips for Getting Better Nighttime Photos and Ways to Capture Stunning Images of Nocturnal Wildlife.



Landscape Photography: The Right Tool for the Right Impact, by Jim Goldstein and sponsored by

Kid Photography


So you're outside with your kids, itching to use your camera. Why not get your children involved? Here are 9 Tips for Great Outdoor Photos of Your Kids and 11 Kids' Photo Tips to get your little ones started with nature photography.

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