Final tips for taking the perfect forest photograph
Avoid white sky
When shooting in overcast conditions, try to frame your shot tightly to crop out any white sky, which will distract the eye from the view. Bright ‘hot’ spots can also lead to underexposure so you may need to dial in around +1 exposure compensation.
Banish the tripod
Photographing the tree canopy can be a real pain in the neck and is very awkward if the camera is mounted on a tripod. Instead hand-hold your camera and lie on your back for a more relaxed approach! Remember to pack a plastic sheet if it’s been raining.
Make an early start
An early morning visit is not only your best bet for capturing mist, but also dew, which adds appeal to your images. Wind is also less likely, which is a consideration in avoiding unwanted blurred foliage.
Look for single trees that you can silhouette against a colourful sky at either dawn or dusk to extend your shooting time. Also don’t dismiss night-time photography in woodlands – using a tree as the focal point for a star trail image can be very effective.
PAGE 1: Essential forest photography tips
PAGE 2: Key first steps to improving your forest photography
PAGE 3: Creative forest photography – create a blurred image
PAGE 4: Final tips for taking the perfect forest photograph
The landscape photographer’s guide to shooting anywhere: free photography cheat sheet
How to calculate hyperfocal distance: free photography cheat sheet
How to track the sun for perfect landscape photos
The 10 Commandments of Landscape Photography (and how to break them)