Trees are amazing photography subjects, especially for beginners. They can adjust their gears for hours and practice different techniques without the subject running away! But trees interest veteran photographers too, because of their uniqueness. No two trees are just the same. And even the same tree looks distinct at different times of the day and in different weathers. As a good photographer never ceases learning, you should know about tree photography tips, whether you plan to click them soon or not.
Here are the top 3 photography tips to capture amazing images of trees:-
Research a lot
First of all, increase your knowledge about different trees. You need to know about the weather too. It will help you to click trees when they look their best. You can use Google Earth for your research. Google Street is also helpful. Always do ample research before you even get to the possible location. You will know what a tree will look like in this way. It will save you precious time and help you to plan better.
Decide on Perspective and Composition
You can play well with the perspective in the case of tree photography. For example, You can make a tiny plant look gigantic in your photo, and a large plant appears petite. you can click the big tree root instead of the entire tree, to emphasize its age. You can also involve humans in your photo to tell a story of mutual relationships between man and green. The same goes for involving animals or other creatures too. If you do not want to click the whole plant, find out the most interesting part of it. It might be the profusely branched root, a tree hollow, or the age lines on the bark. Include some good foreground elements too. Paths in the woodlands surrounded by big trees can be excellent leading lines.You can experiment a lot with the framing. Place a tree anywhere in the frame and it will look good. Even the branches of the tree can make a splendid frame. The same goes for the tree trunk too. The textures of tree bark can tell emotional stories to the audience. Make sure you use it in your photo well.
Lighting is crucial
You need to be very much aware of the lighting at different times of the day once you are set to click trees. The same tree looks completely different in the morning, noon, afternoon, and of course, in the moonlit night. If you are shooting from close and want to focus on the patterns in the bark, choose mid-day time when the sunlight is the harshest. Needless to say, like any outdoor shoot photos of trees are also captured well in the golden hours i.e. right after the sunrise and right before the sunset. But you can shoot at other times of the day too. Just check out which features in the plant would be most highlighted in that lighting.
Keep in mind that you might not get the best photo on your first visit. So if possible, make recurrent visits to the area. This will help you to click in different lightings, and tell so many stories through different photographs of the same tree.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.