The Rule of Thirds
Use a Tripod
Hand-held camera shots are certainly more convenient than taking along a tripod but consider using one when taking nature pictures for sharper photographs. To make using a tripod a little easier, here are a few shopping hints when considering this accessory. Look for a tripod with legs that can be adjusted independently of one another to achieve a level camera angle in all locations. A tripod without a central pole allows you to have a steady camera even at those very low photography situations. Additionally, you will need a head for the tripod which allows you to move the camera at all different angles. Look for a "ball" head attachment for your tripod which can provide more fluid and smaller movements when composing your photograph. Finally, most tripods have a quick release plate for your camera and these are invaluable. This allows you to place your camera on the tripod with one click of a lever or button and release it the same way when it's time to move to a different site.