Many of us have a forest next to our place or even a very short drive away and yet, many of us do not have a single picture taken in a forest in our portfolio.
Some of us have the excuse that we do not like forests or simply put, they do nothing to us. However, some of us simply do not know what to do or what to take a picture off while there.
Here is a guide of things to do in a forest, the pictures can add some visual inspiration.
Take It Easy
Try not to be trigger happy as soon as you get there. No need to take your camera out of the bag and start shooting. Instead, walk around and take your time to absorb everything that is going on around you. Be familiar with your surroundings and soon you will start seeing pictures.
Out Of Place
Look for things that seem out of place, things that can be interesting subjects. A fallen and rotting piece of wood, one single leaf with different colour than the rest, a splash of light through the trees. keep an eye on large trees, some times you find excellent patterns on the bark.
Try visiting forests under different seasons and light conditions. Autumn is a superb time of year to visit the forest as there is a variety of fall colours everywhere. Winter can provide you with misty conditions (especially early morning) and a good supply of fresh snow. Just be there early before other visitors spoil the paths. Spring gives limitless supplies of wild flower layers and a breath of fresh air.
Make use of elements available. A stream, a small waterfall or a straight line of trees. A twisting path, a colourful mushroom and wild flowers or even droplets on leaves after the rain. Remember to take a plastic bag with you as you might want to get low down for a different perspective.
Set up your gear on a tripod and frame a lovely little path. Wait until a walker approaches in the distance, this will add scale to your picture.
Try something different, something crazy. You might be surprised by the results. Use a long exposure and slowly move your camera up and down for a motion blur effect. Try something creative using Photoshop.
Think wide but also think small, get in close and reveal details, a macro lens could come in very handy. When isolating a subject, make sure you have no distractions in the background, keep things nice and simple.
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