Forest photography: how to capture beautiful woodland scenes

forest photography
(Image credit: Hannah Rooke)

Growing up in Devon in the UK is what sparked my interest in forest photography. I was lucky enough to live a stone's throw from Dartmoor National Park so most weekends were spent exploring the wilderness. From Fenworthy Forest to Bellever Woods, Dartmoor has some stunning woodland that makes for fantastic photos.

My love for photography actually came years after my love for Dartmoor. Since my first camera (a beloved Nikon D3200) I've shot with a Nikon D750, a Fujifilm X-T3 and now I'm onto a Sony A7 III. Over the last 10 years, my photography has become more thoughtful, I’ve shifted from shooting landscapes to people and yet there is something about forest photography that keeps drawing me back. I don’t know if it’s the smell of damp moss, the way light shines through the canopy or the knowledge that I’m surrounded by trees that are hundreds of years old – the forest has always been a grounding place. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.