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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/

A lone kayaker makes their way toward the shore of Lake Mcdonald, Glacier National Park, Montana. © Nikon D4, nikon 70-200 f2.8 afs.

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)

A bow hunter hunting elk in a burned area in the mountains of Montana. © Nikon D4, nikon 14-24 2.8 afs, nikon SB-910

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/

Sunrise on Sinopah Mountain, Two Medicine Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana. © Nikon D4, Nikon 14-24 2.8 afs.

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

Outdoor Photography, Hikers hiking on the prairie

A mother and her two children hike the rolling prairie lands near Glacier National Park, Montana. © Nikon D700, Nikon 24-120 f4 afs.

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/

A photographer photographing a Glacier National Park winter scene along the Flathead River, Montana. ©tonybynum Nikon D3, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 afs.

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

Good Luck out there,

Tony Bynum


11 Responses to “Simple tips to improve your outdoor photography – take more outdoor photographs – 5 tips”

  1. Thanks for the water bottle tip. Good one!
    Nice presentation of tips!

    • Tony says:

      Thank you Tim! You’d think the bonus tip would go without saying, but hey, even I make mistakes! Hope you’re doing well out east! Thank you for the comment! Tony Bynum

  2. Teresa says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  3. Great tips and beautiful photographs. Last fall I visited my sister in Lakeside and we went to Glacier National Park. Loved all your photos. Especially the mountain goat overlooking Hidden Lake. By the time we hiked up there; the goats were gone!

    You really show how beautiful the park is. Breathtaking!

    • Tony says:

      Thank you Crystal! I appreciate the kind feedback. Glacier Park is truly an amazing place! The Hidden lake trail can be hit or miss, as you found out. It’s a quite a ways to walk with the hopes of catching the right moment, particularly when there’s so many other great places in the park, and usually such limited time! Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments and experience on the Hidden Lake Trail in Glacier National Park. Tony Bynum

  4. Ken McBroom says:

    Great tips. I used to drive to Alaska to work and always went through Glacier and up the Canadian Rockies. It made the trip a little more treacherous in March sometimes but I would not go any other way. Your images brought back great memories and are truly stunning. Thanks for the tips and the awesome visuals to go with them.

  5. Gorgeous landscapes and thanks for the practical, very useful tips.

  6. I really love your tips, your photography is always beautiful.

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