10 essential outdoor photography tips

Outdoors and wildlife photography experts give their advice for taking the perfect picture

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Image by Wolfshead Photographic

Whether you're using a DSLR or a camera phone, these tips from Ken and Kitty Clark of Wolfshead Photographic should prove handy for capturing that jaw-dropping vista.

[1] Shoot into the sun
"We have always been told that the photographer should have the sun behind them… but shooting into the sun often brings a beautifully ethereal quality to your images with interesting lens flair. This can also give you some dramatic silhouettes."

[2] Rule of thirds
"Imagine a noughts and crosses board in your viewfinder. When you’re shooting a landscape image, try placing the horizon line on either the top or bottom third.  When you have a main subject try placing it on one of the intersections of your imaginary noughts and crosses."

[3] Contrast is Key
"Try finding contrasting elements in your images; light and dark, hard and soft, still and moving, this will give you an instant point of interest."

[4] Tone on tone
"Then again… on occasion it works very nicely to go monochromatic. Blue sky on blue sea, grey cliffs against a stormy sky and so on."

[5] Patterns and repetition
"Think of ripples in the sand or a mass of grasses, or a fleet of sailing boats. By focusing on just one repeated element you can easily create striking and contemporary images."

[6] Change your point of view
"Sometimes getting close to the ground or maybe up a little higher will give you an interesting dynamic to your images."

[7] Change your format
"Why not try shooting in squares or long and thin panoramics? Don’t forget to try turning the panoramic on its end, a perfect format for tall trees, waterfalls and skyscrapers!"

[8 ]Foreground interest

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"When shooting landscapes try putting something in the foreground, near to the camera, this will ‘lead your eye’ into the image."

[9] Get Steady
"Long exposures in low light can create stunning effects. Using a tripod or even a wall to steady your camera is key."

[10] Choose your focus
"Most camera phones and DSLRs will give you the option of choosing your point of focus. Using this feature along with selective focus options and/or shallow depth of field will create a professional end result."

Ken and Kitty will both be at the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show in London's ExCel from 11-14 February to share more of their tips and stories.