Live Better
 
 

Nature photography tips

We chat to renowned photographer David Oliver about capturing nature on film

AIPP Grand Master of Photography and Nikon Ambassador, David Oliver captures magical moments in our natural landscapes with a skillful eye. From knowing when you’ve got the shot to learning how to manipulate the sun’s rays, David shares a few expert insights into taking great pictures.

Key elements to a winning photo?

I would say emotion is the most important element to any photo, which moves people to look at your work in the first place. This is followed by strong composition and great lighting. I also love working in the early morning mist, which is found quite often in the Hunter Valley, NSW where I live.

How do you know when you’ve got the shot?

I have to be honest, sometimes you don’t know. You think you have a great shot but it might be in an image that you took earlier or later for that matter… So you have to continue shooting and explore further elements.

Were you always naturally good at photography?

I was always interested in photography, I wouldn’t say that I was naturally good at it. I have worked very hard over the years and still study the great photographers from all over the world. And they are always a great source of inspiration.

How do you work with sunshine in landscape photography?

It’s about using the sun to create mood in your images – the first two hours in the day and the last two hours in the evening are the best times. Avoid the hot midday sun between 11am and 2pm, as that creates shadowless, flat lighting in landscape and action.

Best assignments you’ve worked on?

I would have to say Rwanda was my best assignment. I was commissioned to photograph 100 days of hope a few years ago, where people from all over the world gave their time and expertise to help Rwanda. It was a great experience, one I will never forget.

Where would you love to photograph that you haven’t had the chance to yet?

The Himalayas is on the bucket list, but I know I would need a lot of time – obviously I would love to photograph Mt Everest, but also the journey there and back is where most people I have spoken to have captured their best images.

What gear are you shooting with right now?

I’m currently shooting with the Nikon D810 and a few of my favourite primes, the AF-S 24mm f1.4G ED, AF-S

See more of David’s work at davidoliver.com.au

Latest Articles

Wellbeing

Learning to cope with intense feelings

Psychologist Dr Patricia Zurita Ona shares some advice.

Read more
Wellbeing

Could you have sleep apnoea?

Here's what you need to know about this common disorder.

Read more
Wellbeing

New Zealand: The ultimate travel guide

The land of the long white cloud has something for every kin.

Read more
Wellbeing

Vietnam travel guide

Everything you need to know about travelling Vietnam.

Read more
youtubeui-checkbox-tickui-checkbox-emptyui-checkbox-crosstwitterui-checkbox-tickWellbeing and mindfulness 1Physical Health 1Positive psychology 101 1Wellbeing and mindfulness 4All about gut health 1Understanding Genetics 4Planning for Pregnancy 2During Pregnancy 3The mind-gut connection 4The mind-gut connection 1New Parents 3Page 1Group 10During Pregnancy 2Page 1Physical Health 2Planning for Pregnancy 1Positive psychology 101 1Positive psychology 101 4Planning for Pregnancy 4Understanding Genetics 1Physical Health 4Planning for Pregnancy 3Nutrition 4New Parents 1New Parents 3 CopyMovement for your mind 4Wellbeing and mindfulness 2Nutrition 2sob-icon__mind-bodysob-icon__man-with-laptopAll about gut health 2Positive psychology 101 3Positive psychology 101 2Physical Health 3Wellbeing and mindfulness 3All about gut health 3genetics-changing-what-your-givenUnderstanding Genetics 2During Pregnancy 1Movement for your mind 2Movement for your mind 1Movement for your mind 3During Pregnancy 4