Tree photography can provide some great images. One of the most popular categories in competitions is the ‘lonely tree’ category. A single tree stood alone can look so pleasing. On the other side, a lush forest can really portray positive effects of conservation work and planet re-growth.
In this article we are going to share our best tips for finding the perfect angle so that your photos really stand out and look as great as they possibly can. We have got you covered!
Move around to improve composition and perspective
Whenever you’re trying to pick the best angle in tree photography, you should always think about balancing the composition. The angle that you shoot from makes a huge difference for the horizontal and vertical balance of the photo. Unique angles can often leave (pun intended) viewers seeing something ordinary but in a different way.
When possible, try to choose an angle that will show perspective in your photos. There are a few different ways you can do this. If your subject is far away, one simple way to show perspective is to juxtapose it with larger-looking objects in the foreground as seen below.
If the view extends into the distance, you can show perspective by shooting from a higher angle.
Another great way to show perspective is to get really low. This creates an exaggerated perspective by making the objects in the foreground look massive, which can be used to emphasize details on the ground level and make the image more immersive.
In this photo you can see that the perspective has been obscured a bit to create a sense of enormousness to the tree. The angle also allowed for a great sun burst to pierce through.
Stand back, and even further
A great way to shoot lonely trees is to show them truly in their empty environment. A wide angle lens will help so much here and using a great background will add some more drama to your image.
Include interesting reflections
An easy way to greatly improve your tree photography and make mundane scenes exciting is to include reflections. While you can find reflections on many different surfaces, water is perhaps the most obvious medium for interesting and unique reflections. Sometimes the water can be so still that you cannot tell which way is up or down.
Remember that reflections are clearest on calm, blue days. If the weather is looking ominous it is probably best to plan a different scene.
Include shadows in the composition
Many photos can be greatly enhanced by also including shadows in the composition. This works particularly well if you shoot within the so-called golden hour, which is the hour before sunset (or after sunrise) when the shadows are longer and much more pronounced.
To make sure that the shadows fit in with the rest of the composition, treat them like you would treat any other photography subject. Quite often it means that your photos with shadows should be shot from the top with the ground taking up a large part of the composition.
Use a drone
A drone can get you to places nothing else can. When shooting a whole forest or a wider area it is always good to be able to cover as much area in one go. Drone photography is so new aswell that most images will be unique and fresh. In a world of so much content that is a rare thing. Tree photography can be so different from 150 metres up.
Use roads to your advantage
Roads can help strike a balance and add a leading line to the image. If you get really creative you can start to incorporate long exposure shots of cars to get some more leading lines into your photos.
Tilt your photos for a more dynamic look
Who said you should always keep your camera straight? For some reason that’s exactly what we end up doing 99% of the time. However, there are situations when tilting the camera a little will result in a far more interesting and unique photos.
Use the seasons
Why not revisit the same spot 4 times in one year to capture trees in the changing of the seasons. A tree can look so different depending on the month and climate and what better way to document
Always be experimenting
You should always keep experimenting and looking for a unique and interesting angle for your photos. Don’t just take a photo the way you see the scene, try to change the angle and see how that changes the photo. Don’t just settle for the first version of what could be a great photo.
Maybe you want to get down on your knees, maybe you want to climb the nearby stairs and take the photo from there, or maybe you want to get closer to your subject. Always keep experimenting with unique shooting angles, and you won’t be disappointed with the results.
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