As warm weather approaches, nature photographers will be spending much more time outside capturing the vivid landscape and the surreal wildlife. With DSLR cameras in hand and a few pieces of photography equipment, you can take breathtaking photographers as spring bursts into bloom. Before you invest in photography equipment to enhance your pictures, there are a few items that don’t have to do with photography that you’ll need. The weather doesn’t always cooperate and sometimes you need to get a bit dirty in order to get that perfect shot. Invest in rain boots and always carry a plastic bag or something to keep your camera dry for those rainy summer days. Since you’ll be spending so much time outdoors, don’t forget the bug spray and you might want a compass if you’re hiking into unknown territory. If you want to capture the beauty of wildlife, you need to get on their level – literally. Eye-to-eye shots will do the animal justice and convey their emotions. You’ll need a lot of patience to achieve this and a bit of knowledge about the species, but it will pay off in the end. Always move slowly and smoothly because an animal will flee when it feels threatened. Remember that less is always more. Bad photographs are ones that are cluttered with too many elements. Focus on one particular element and go for it. Use longer interchangeable lenses so you can narrow in on the object. Macro lenses are especially good for close-up shots. When it comes to landscape shots, you will definitely need a tripod. This will keep your camera steady and even. Image stabilizers will also keep the camera from shaking. In terms of interchangeable lenses, you should consider using graduated neutral density filters. Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light that enters the lens and lowers the exposure time. The most important aspect of the graduated neutral density filter is that it will control the contrast of the landscape. The brightness between the sky and land is often too great and one ends up being overexposed. With so many landscape shots, it’s easy to forget that sometimes the shot would be better if the camera was vertical. If an object is taller than it is wide, always shoot vertically. Even if the rule doesn’t apply, don’t be afraid to see how that shot looks vertically. Try to split up your shots. Many higher quality telephoto lenses have rotating collars which will allow you to rotate both the lens and the camera while it is attached to the tripod. You can also invest in a ball head which will also allow you to rotate your DSLR cameras in the tripod. Nature is simply gorgeous this time of year so take full advantage of it. Whether you have professional cameras or just simple compact cameras, get outside and capture the moments.