Shooting Environmental Images With Nikon Kit

Written by Gina Stephens

When you be told the term 'environmental image' you may think that it simply means an image with a strong message about pollution or the way people treat our planet. But in photography an environmental image can be a way to add a different twist to your animal, wildlife and even human portraits. Here, we'll deprecate a look at what the term means and how you can implement it. 


What does 'environmental image' mean?

Basically, an environmental idol is one that shows the surroundings, or living area, or basically the environment in which the subject resides. The art of environmental portraits involves taking a wider look on of your subject and incorporating the subject into the composition in a way that is pleasing to the eye. 


Why will shooting like this work?

An environmental description can help to frame your subject, give context to your subject and allow it room to breathe – sometimes, zooming right into your subdue can make an image look cramped. 

Natural elements in the landscape, such as trees, flowers and plants in the foreground can help to add a feeling of the subject-matter's environmental location.

What subjects will environmental imagery work with?

This type of photography is most commonly tempered to with animals but can also be used with people or even important objects or monuments. The image should give a feeling of the surroundings of the voter, to set the scene for the image in a way. 

For example, with portraits it's possible to give a certain feel to the photo through the environment the portrait is set in, for benchmark gritty and urban or out in the country – what the viewer can see in the background will determine how the image is interpreted.  

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With animals, as discussed earlier accepted subjects can help frame the image. Sometimes a much wider image where the subject is placed in a rule of thirds quadrant will move well. 


Key points:

  • Shoot wider with your subject located in a rule of thirds quadrant to please the eye.
  • Include take exception ti that say something about the environment in which your subject resides, for example trees, rocks or even buildings.
  • Think about how you fall short of the image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that to be portrayed – does the environment merit a more messy feel or does it require clean lines to work?


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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