Nature subjects are one of the
most popular fields of photography, and trees are the most
fascinating of all to photograph; because they constantly
change their appearance to portray a different image through
You might think that it isnít that complicated to take a
good photograph of a tree or woodland setting apart from
getting the exposure correct, but it all depends upon what
you want for the final image.
Now youíve probably heard this
tip before, but light can dramatically alter your image of a
tree. Overcast days provide soft lighting which is great for
shooting your tree images. If it's a bright sunny day or the
beautiful golden hour at sunset, then look for a
silhouette of your tree. Silhouettes are one of the
strongest forms of images that add so much effect to your
image. If you find yourself in a dense canopy then look for
light penetrating the canopy and pouring in, this light play
can again make a very interesting image.
Depending on the
time you take your image,
look vastly different. The different seasons and weather
condition can add or detract to the final image. Shooting
trees in mist or fog can create and scary feel to your
images, autumn trees with withering leaves and bright
colours can be soothing and exciting.
Trees are one of the subjects which are especially
satisfying to photograph during the winter months as their
shapes, patterns and textures are fully revealed when the
leaves have fallen. The locations of the trees themselves
play a significant role in enhancing the image.
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A tree at the end of curvy road or at the beginning of muddy country
road will bring out an immediate eye-drawing appeal from viewers.
One of the biggest problems while photographing a tree is the wind.
It might lead to blurry shots of the branches. To avoid this, you
can always make the tree a part of a wider picture by including
other elements in the frame. Another method to avoid blur is using
faster shutter speed on windy days.
Move in close. Try focusing on one part of the tree only, for
example, the leaves, nuts or fruit or the patterns on the bark by
using tight framing. A small flashgun 'off camera' can be used to bring out
the contours. Always look for interesting shapes and patterns, and
photograph from as many angles as possible. Graphic shots of canopy
patterns can be gained by shooting skywards beneath a clump of
If youíre shooting digitally, you can boost autumnal colours without
using any filters. If you have control over the cameraís colour
temperature, set it around 5200K, which adds extra warmth to your
shots. The same effect can be achieved when processing the files in
Reading about how to photograph trees can only get you so far; now
get outside, and don't forget your tripod, and take some pictures.
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