Woodland photography can be tricky if you are new to it. The surroundings can feel quite congested, and it can be difficult to find a proper subject and an outstanding composition. If you’ve been wanting to try your hands with woodland or forest photography, though, and are wondering where to start, we have the perfect walkthrough for you. In this video, photographer Mads Peter Iversen shares seven steps that will help you master woodland photography from the get-go:
One of the biggest takeaways from the video: the focal length you use plays an important role in determining your composition. If there’s a considerable gap between trees, try using a longer focal length. The compression will bring the background elements closer and help fill the space. The tighter field of view will also help you get rid of the chaotic environment.
And when you’re out in the woods, be sure to keep an eye out for trees that look unique and have interesting shapes. They make for brilliant subjects. It also helps if you photograph such trees by facing a light source. This way you can capture their silhouette and also add some mystery to the image.
No matter what you choose to photograph, don’t be immediately satisfied with one composition. Always move sideways, back and forth, and see how the composition changes. Sometimes, what looks good on your LCD screen may not look as good on a bigger monitor. Always spend some extra time double-checking your composition.
For more tips and tricks, along with some brilliant examples of woodland photography, be sure to watch the complete video. You’ll be surprised by the quality of images Iversen capture using these very techniques.
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