Nature Photography

Tamron Photo Guide

Today’s lightweight D-SLR cameras and lenses have the versatility to capture everything on your journey, including night scenes, beautiful wide-angle scenics and close-ups. Whether you’re shooting a scenic Yellowstone landscape, photographing bison in Lamar Valley, or capturing the intense colors of a hot spring, Tamron lenses do almost every possible kind of subject beautifully.

Yellowstone gives you an opportunity to photograph some of the most unusual shots in the world. Here are tips and examples from professional photographers to help you capture your vacation memories.

Free iPad Photo Special

Photo essays show you how to nail your favorite park’s toughest shots. Maps show you where the best vantage points are. “Extras” spotlight the unique photo challenges for each Park. Download Now…

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Jeff Vanuga’s Yellowstone Photography

Get to know Jeff Vanuga, photographer of Yellowstone landscapes and wildlife. Read More…

Photo Blog

See Dave Shumway’s monthly photo blog of wildlife and landscapes in and around Yellowstone Park. Read More…

More Photography Tips

More tips from Tamron and professional photographers on how to take the best wildlife and nature pictures. Read More…

Quick Tips for Better Yellowstone Photos

1. Best Time to Shoot in Yellowstone Park
Pre-dawn, mid-morning and late evening until after dark, in any season, is the premier time to take photographs. Yellowstone animals tend to be more active during these times and the lighting is best.

2. Best Composition
Remember the rule of thirds. Have your subject occupy one third of your frame.

3. Taking Photos of Yellowstone Animals
You don’t need the big lens. 300 mm and below are enough unless you’re shooting dangerous animals.

4. Taking Landscape Photos
Use a focal length setting of 10mm up to 300mm on your wideangle, telephoto or all-in-one zoom lens and put a subject in the landscape to capture the sense of place with the animal or subject in its environment.

5. Optimal Summer Photo Conditions
In June and July, optimal photography conditions in Yellowstone are a blue sky with clouds. If you’re out early, dawn often creates a magenta sky with red and orange clouds.

6. Be Patient
When shooting photos in the outdoors and in a natural wonderland like Yellowstone Park, patience is a must. It’s definitely a waiting game.

7. Don’t Shoot With the Sun Behind You
Contrary to popular belief, don’t shoot with the sun directly at your back. Doing so will make the light on the subject flat. Move so the light is at an angle and you’ll get more texturing and shadows — and a much more interesting photo. Most great photos are either side-lit or have the light coming in from a different angle.

8. Night Photography
When shooting photos at night in Yellowstone Park, “paint” the area with a flashlight to experiment with lighting up otherwise dark scenes.

9. Don’t Be Too Rigid in Your Goals
Take advantage of the opportunities that come up. You might go by the same place 50 times and one morning it looks different. Take advantage of the opportunities that arise. Try not to be too goal-oriented, and look for what is there at the present. Be flexible and opportunistic.

10. Test the Waters
Make photography a passion before you choose to make it a career. You have to shoot a lot of photos to really learn how to take great photos. It’s an art form.

Great Tamron gear for great Yellowstone photos!

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SP 18-270mm Di II VC PZD

Tamron’s ultra compact 18-270 VC PZD all-in-one zoom lens features VC anti-shake for blur-free pictures and new PZD (Piezo Drive) for fast and quiet AF. Its 15X range is perfect for shooting every moment—celebrations, sports, vacations, everyday snapshots…without switching lenses! Winner of the prestigious EISA Best Product Award 2011-2012: Zoom Lens. Perfect your Nikon, Canon or Sony smaller sensor DSLR camera. (And now model B011 18-200mm Di III VC for your Sony mirrorless camera).


Tamron Ultra Telephone Zoom 150-600 Lens

SP AF 150-600mm Di VC USD

Tamron’s SP 150-600mm Di VC USD (for Canon, Nikon and Sony Full-Frame and APS-C DSLR cameras) all new ultra tele zoom enhances the creative potential of telephoto photography. With advanced optical technology, new eBand coating, USD autofocusing and Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s stylish new ultra tele zoom delivers vibrant images with astounding clarity and definition. Its 4X ultra-telephoto focal length range is a captivating feature for all photographers, particularly nature, wildlife, and sports shooters. And its compact design and perfect balance provides excellent portability for outdoor shooting.


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SP 10-24mm Di II

Landscapes, streetscapes, architecture and confining interiors come to life beautifully with the true, striking wide-angle perspective provided with this ultra wideangle zoom. Images exhibit negligible distortion in normal use, but—if the photographer chooses—spectacular effects can be introduced by disregarding the camera’s relationship to level. Professional Photographer Hot One Winner 2009. Designed for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony smaller sensor DSLR cameras.