With only a few days left of July, and then the countdown throughout August until the end of winter, the time for submissions for the WINTER CHALLENGE are also winding down. There have been many submissions already delivered to FOCUS FORCE, and we are anxiously to see what else enters the mailbox. In saying that, lots of what has already been seen is of an exceptional standard – so can we say that more of the best is yet to come. It will be a daunting challenge for the CHOICEMAKERS to make. So, here is another bundle of tips for photographing trees. So, if you haven’t – get clickin!
This image which appeared in FF mailbox last week was sent by PM as one of several she found on the internet taken on smartphones. It demonstrates that in so many cases it has nothing to do with the camera, but what the photographer sees, and is able to capture. What FOCUS FORCE found interesting is the similarity in composition in a shot provided by Stacey F which appeared in the recent PICS OF COWS. (July 20).
Framing a tree at the center of a frame is a uninteresting way of creating an image. Though most trees grow tall, you can always locate trees that create interesting patterns and shapes. These patterns and shapes may not be visible at first glance but once you start framing your shot through you camera viewfinder, go for as many different angles as possible! It’s a sure-shot way of identifying the elusive pattern or shape the tree makes.
Image Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joiseyshowaa/1400175456
A tree is a majestic being (remember the scene from the Lord of Rings!), hence having them fill the frame or isolating them from other disturbing elements makes your composition very strong. It could be difficult to come across lonely trees you say, but the fact is you can locate them at the edges of woody areas. There are always trees left standing alone and the border between the woods and habitable areas. You can also isolate your subject with your composition, go for a telephoto that singles out the tree. Now comes the actual part of taking the image, your light meter reading should be taken from the midtones of horizon areas which will give an accurate exposure for the tree.
Image Courtesy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yahya/132963781/
Time & Location for Photographing Trees
Look For The Light
Now you’ve probably heard this tip from every other photography teacher, seminar, workshop, etc. but as with any other genre of photography, light can dramatically alter your image of a tree.