How would you like to enjoy this weekend’s sunshine, get the family outside and up close with nature, and help set a Guinness World Records title? You’re in luck: National Geographic’s Great Nature Project is going strong today and tomorrow and just by uploading your photo of a plant or animal to Instagram, Flickr, or Twitter, and tagging it #GreatNature (and #Animal, if you snapped one), you can!
One of the most exciting things about being a National Geographic Kids Insider is getting access to fabulous resources and being able to share them with you. Recently, we were invited to participate in a discussion with Kelley Miller, photo editor for National Geographic and given permission to share some of her best tips and photos with you!
Here are some of her animal photography Pro Tips:
- Be observant.
The greatest shot isn’t always the one you’re looking for, but something else that comes into view.
- Be patient.
- Practice your timing.
- Include the animal in its habitat.
- Pursue personality.
- Make the animal stand out using a simple background.
I love this tip for craft and food photography as well.
- Go for motion.
- Get closer to the action.
This one is harder for me when we’re taking photos slugs, snails, and worms, but I’ve been putting on a brave face in front of the kids so they don’t think these slimy creatures are gross just because of my own silly notions.
- Look for details.
- Pay attention to graphic elements.
- Make eye contact and smile.
Works for photographing kids, too!
- Give a sense of scale.
- Try different angles.
Help us get to 100,000 photos!
All you have to do to participate in The Great Nature Project and help National Geographic set a Guinness World Records Title is:
- Get outside.
- Snap a Photo.
- Upload it to Instagram, Flickr, or Twitter.
- Tag it #GreatNature and if you snapped an animal, tag it #Animal.
Read more about how to enter your photo into the Great Nature Project or watch the video below:
Have a great weekend!