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How to Photograph Trees?

Trees are visually attractive for a lot of reasons. They offer crazy, funky shapes, they filter light, they frame things well. They’re just great to look at and make interesting subjects of photography. Can you remember the feeling you get when you saw a majestic tree in the forest? Sometimes images of these trees bring back that special feeling and it helps me when I’m zooming all day, a bit detached from nature.  

So visually, trees clearly connect with us. Recording this connection through a photograph is way more convenient now due to technology. From the phone which shoots the image to the internet that shares them, we are sharing images of trees from all around the world, with strangers who love trees.

Getting a good photograph of a tree can be a challenge. They are not always inconvenient places for a good setup. Pine trees are a great example; they are tall, straight trees. To get the whole tree in your field of vision, you have to create distance between you and the tree. Sometimes that’s not an option.

I don’t know about you but I am always looking for tips and advice on photographing trees. Below are a few links you may find useful as you photograph trees

Kinda hard not to start at the top; National Geography Photographers Diane Cook and Len Jenshel believe in research and patience. Their “Wise Trees” project definitely takes tree photography to a whole new level.

They are taking pictures of trees as portraits, which means you don’t have to capture the whole tree for a great shot.

“Often a piece of a tree is fine. It’s the same thing as taking a portrait—someone has captivating eyes, so let’s focus on that.” – they say.

Photographer Anne McKinnell’s article is up next, where you can learn all the right questions that you need to ask yourself before you start photographing the chosen tree.

“When deciding how to set up your shot, the first thing to consider is the context of your main subject. Is the tree by itself? In a small group? Or one among many in a deep, wooded area? What are its immediate surroundings? What is the lighting like – is the tree in full sun, diffused shade, or dappled light? Which direction is the light coming from?” –Anne McKinnell.

After figuring out the technical part of the photo, you can decide what you want the image to convey What is this tree telling you, what emotions come to the surface when you are looking at it?

Simon Bond is showing us 8 creative ways to photograph trees. He uses simple, classic techniques to get crazy, beautiful results. Then he offers guidance on using a lens ball that can turn an ordinary image into something unique. Here is the whole article for more amazing tips and tricks for you.

I hope I was able to share some articles with you that you’ll find useful.

Please share with me in the comment section below what is the most exciting thing about tree photography for you?

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