Top 10 Tips for Taking Better Photos Of Trees

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Trees are something nearly all photographers use in their images at some point. They add interest to landscapes, are used as backgrounds for fashion shoots and nature photographers get up close to the bark and leaves which are various animals and insects call their home. If photographing a tree’s not something you’ve done before or you’re looking for a little inspiration on how you can shoot them differently take a look at our top ten list of effective/interesting ways to photograph trees.

Wistmans Wood

Photo by David Clapp –

1. Include The Foreground

Before you head for the centre of the forest take the time to walk around the edge of it to find a good spot where you can capture a few shots that have foreground interest. By adding detail in the foreground you add depth to the image and give the shot a sense of scale which gives the composition more impact.

If you’re working with just one tree try positioning it in the left or right third of the frame. As well as using a field as your foreground, which works particularly well in winter when there’s a fresh covering of snow, try and find a lake or large pool of water which can add another dimension to the image with the reflection of the forest in it.

2. Take A Look At The Roots

Look out for patterns created by roots, especially those from beech which are often unearthed from weather erosion of the soil. For a more unusual perspective, use a wide-angle lens as in the shot below to curve the background. You can get colour cast from the green canopy above your head as the image below right demonstrates. If you find a tree on it’s side try filling the frame with the patterns created by the overlapping/twisting roots. You may also find insect activity you can photograph in among them. 

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