What I teach, and the content I produce, are based off of my style of nature imagery. It is what Nature Photography Mastery Academy stands for, what I believe in, and what I do.
The purpose of this page is to benefit those people who agree with my ideologies, and wish to produce images similar to mine. Here, I will teach you what the most important elements of a fine art nature image are. For more information and visual examples, please see The Mastery Difference page, and also the Mastery Credo page.
Elements of The Mastery Style
- Visually artistic style and intent (versus documentary or storytelling intent)
- Simplified composition (for more visual impact and artistry)
- Isolated subject (for clear center of attention and greater connection)
- Clean background and foreground (to eliminate distractions and increase aesthetics)
- Pleasing light (morning, evening, or diffused light, never harsh)
- Perfectionist representation (critical of subject angle, pose, connection, and so on)
- Subject-level point of view (eye level of wildlife, other subjects as appropriate)
- Visual balance and flow (image flows naturally, leads eye, and is cropped appropriately)
- Technical excellence (sharp, well exposed, proper color, to impress, not detract)
- Post processing freedom (versus purist “as shot” rules against modifying the photo)