Photographing Forests, for me, has long been a hard subject to master. I LOVE the forests and the trees, I spend a lot of time in the forest, but I am never sure how to photograph them. It's a challenge for sure. This weeks post I will go over 3 tips to photographing forests. In the comments below I would love to hear what you have to say about the topic, maybe some tips that can help me in my quest to master the subject. 1) Use a longer focal length- I have found that most of the images I make of the forests are with a telephoto lens. I try wide angles often, the wide angle and ultra wide angle lenses are my favorite lenses, but my forest images are coming out better when I am using my 70-200mm.
2) Focus on the details- It's often hard, even with a wide angle, to fit an entire tree from stump to top and get a good quality image. The forest floor is usually uninteresting and often chaotic, and most times the sky will be blown out or boring. Its often a good decision not to include either the top or the bottom of the trees, but infact focusing more of the attention on the branches and textures of the bark.
3) Lighting- When photographing the forests I find that side lighting or back lighting will be the most flattering. When the image is back lit, it's possible to capture the sun poking through the branches, giving you a star burst when using an aperture like f16. Side lighting will give the trees depth and texture.
I keep learning about photography and my subjects everyday. Forests have been a challenge for me but I am seeing improvement in my images. These tips have helped me improve, and I hope they can help you as well. Like I said please share your tips, it's always nice hearing from my fellow photogs, and we can all learn new things from each other.
This weeks post image was taken in Olympic National Park in the Hoh Rain Forest.