7 Easy Steps to Better Nature Photography

Bobcat #5 (Lynx rufus) ©Mike Spinak

Here are seven easy steps that, if followed, will improve most people’s nature photos. They’re not nearly all there is to know, but they’re often important, and often ignored. They may sound too facile to take seriously, but they truly can help.

1) Slow down.

2) Be silent.

3) Be patient.

4) Pay attention.

5) Look carefully.

6) Try harder.

7) Stay prepared.

Bobcat (Lynx rufus), Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, California

All pictures and text are © Mike Spinak, unless otherwise noted. All pictures shown are available for purchase as fine art prints, and are available for licensed stock use. Telephone: (831) 325-6917.

  • Michael Russell - I think #1 and #3 are the most important for me. I used to find myself rushing a lot – and while doing post processing obvious things that I know not to do would crop up because I was not taking my time.ReplyCancel

  • naturography - I think #5 and #7 are the ones where I’ve tended most often to fall short, Michael.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - BEAUTIFUL photo Mike, excellent advice, for photos and for life!ReplyCancel

  • Darren - #1 is my biggest issue. Putting myself in a “slow down” mindset almost always generates success. Nice list, thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Aull - Very Much Enjoy The “FRESH BREATH” Of Your Photo and thank You for the 7 Steps….ReplyCancel

  • Oleg Bari - Great job, Mike !!! Wonderful images !!!ReplyCancel

  • naturography - Susan,

    Thank you. Your comment is right on target for something I’ll be addressing in a blog post, soon.


    Interesting that both you and Michael mention #1. I wonder whether #1 is the biggest for most nature photographers.


    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Tay - You did a great job..!!! I love the pic.. Good :) ReplyCancel

  • naturography - Thank you, Tay.ReplyCancel

  • naturography - I’m glad you enjoyed, Toni. You’re welcome.ReplyCancel