One Major Mistake to Avoid in Woodland Photography

Woodland photography is a great opportunity for you to create beautiful breathtaking images. And unlike “regular” landscape photography, it isn’t that complicated, either. But in case you’re just starting out with woodland photography, there’s something you should definitely look out for, lest those mistakes haunt you. If you are struggling with woodland photography, today’s video by photographer Christian Irmler is for you:

We cannot underestimate the importance of planning in photography. This is even more crucial in landscape photography, as most conditions are beyond our control. But as you can see in this video, having a plan alone isn’t helpful. Moreover, focusing only on the plan can have an undesired effect of blurring your vision, thereby causing you to miss out on opportunities that are right in front of you.

Irlmer goes out with the objective of photographing some wild garlic in a local forest. He tries his best to make the composition and lighting work, but at the end of the day, his best image turns out to be the one without any wild garlic in it. Had he been solely focused on photographing the garlic, he would’ve easily missed that beautiful photo opportunity. Thankfully, he was quite aware of his surroundings.

“Expectations are poison for getting images in woodland.”

So when you’re out to photograph in woodland, especially somewhere where you’re going for the first time, it’s better if you do not plan your shots beforehand. You cannot simply plan for woodland photography when you visit the location for the first time and expect it to work. Just photograph what attracts you and appreciate what nature has to offer. You will be surprised to see how your mind works when it is left open.

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