Tips for First-TIme Nature Photographers

  Jeremiah Caughron serves as a sales manager at Aire Serv but also spends his free time on photography. His work in photography is often of nature scenes with a focus on capturing old buildings or rural roadways. Jeremiah Caughron has also taken photos of various wildlife including bobcats, elk, and deer.

Aspiring nature photographers have a couple of important things to consider before immersing in the hobby. Here are some tips for taking photos of nature:

1. Don’t forget the nature part of nature photography. Dressing according to the weather is very important when out and about. Have layers on hand, especially when in the mountains where weather conditions can change very quickly. A good pair of shoes is also a must.

2. The time of day can dictate what animals can be found. During dawn and dusk is when most animals can be seen. The golden hour, the first and last hours of sunlight each day, can also provide particularly vivid lighting for any photo.

3. Be patient and don’t forget to charge your camera. For longer excursions, it may also be worth bringing an extra battery for that perfect shot.

Tips to Get the Best Nature Photography Shots

Midland, Texas resident, Jeremiah Caughron is the owner of Tayga Texas, LLC, a firm that deals with commercial construction and property services. After studying welding and agricultural sciences in high school, he later pursued real estate in Midland College. In the course of his career, Jeremiah Caughron obtained numerous real estate industrial certifications. When not working, he loves photographing nature scenes such as mountain creeks, trees and wildlife.

Landscape and nature photography is a favorite activity loved by both professional and amateur photographers. Natural landscapes are filled with beauty and at times, change appearances according to the season. To take good quality images that bring out the best of nature, the following are key tips to guide you.

1. Always study your photography subject as chances are high you will take better images of things you understand. For instance, knowing how your subject behaves helps you predict your shots.

2. Use photographic filters to help you capture the best possible images. Polarizing filters darken the sky and create a perfect contrast of the blues in the sky and the white color of the clouds. Neutral density filters ensure too much light doesn’t enter the camera.

3. Make use of natural light to improve the quality of your photos. Nature photos look brilliant in the morning and evening just before sunrise and sunset. Natural light illuminates subjects clearly and evenly eliminating harsh shadows.

4. Use wide-angle lenses as they can show a broader view and give a greater depth of field. They make both the foreground and background sharp as they allow more light.

5. Try to keep everything about the shoot natural. For the best results, strive to photograph your subjects in their natural habitats.

Basic Safety Tips for Photographing Elks in the Wild


Jeremiah Caughron has spent nearly eight years as a sales manager at a major heating/air conditioning company. More recently, he expanded his professional activities by becoming the owner of a commercial construction and services company. Beyond his work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys nature photography. His favorite subjects include wild elks.

Elks are herbivorous animals that are typically docile toward humans. However, nature photographers should understand that an elk can become aggressive and dangerous quickly and can show signs and behaviors that warn of this change.

Elks may display irritation in several ways, including teeth grinding and ears set flat against the head. People should never initiate physical contact or attempt to feed an elk or any wild animal.

Photographers must always maintain a safe distance from an elk. In general, people should stay as far from the animal as they need, though 30 meters is a fine standard. Lenses, scopes, and other equipment can improve photographs taken from a distance.

Lastly, nothing can change an elk’s attitude as quickly as a perceived threat to a calf. Photographers observing a mother elk in the company of younger animals must be especially cautious and never position themselves between mother and calf.

Sunset Photography Tips for Beginners

Sunset Photography

Jeremiah Caughron has owned Tayga Texas, LLC, a commercial construction and property services company, since 2017. He also oversees all sales activities and services as a sales manager at Aire Serv. Away from work, Jeremiah Caughron enjoys taking nature photographs. His preferred subjects range from sunsets to rural roadways, as well as animals such as elk, coyotes, bobcats, and deer.

First time photographers are often attracted to sunsets. Though sunsets may seem like obvious subjects, particularly for outdoors enthusiasts, it can be difficult to capture the full beauty of a sunset in a picture. Fortunately, a few simple tips can help beginner photographers improve their photographs of sunsets.

To begin, individuals should always remember to maintain a clean lens. Photographers should strive to keep a clean lens at all times, but it is of particular importance when shooting in nature, as dirt, dust, water, and other debris frequently come in contact with the camera. Next, photographers should consider using a tripod when shooting pictures of a sunset. Tripods allow photographers to home in on the optimal composition and exposure settings, key elements of sunset scenes, which often feature challenging light conditions.

Photographers are advised to shoot sunsets in wide angle, then zoom in as needed. Wide shots provide several benefits in landscape photography. When it comes to sunsets, wide shots highlight the starburst effect that makes so many sunset photos so striking. Similarly, sunset photography should be shot in RAW image format, which captures more image data than other modes.

Additional tips include shooting in aperture priority mode, taking photos at a high aperture setting (stopping down the aperture for maximum depth of field), and maintaining low ISO settings.