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Into The Woods

From selecting the most interesting subject to finding the best light, Fran Halsall guides you through the process of forest photography

There is a reason for the phrase 'not being able to see the wood for the trees'. Woodlands are one of the Earth's more complex habitats and the result is often visually chaotic, something that can prove hard to resolve photographically. When faced with so many choices, how does one decide upon a subject?

There are two main factors that determine which trees stand out from the rest of the woodland. First, is the tree inherently interesting – does its shape or size make it different from those around it? Second, is there enough light on it to pull it out of a shadowy background? Overcast days with less tonal variation mean that all the greys and browns start to merge into one another. Conversely, the contrast of a sunny day will pose problems when it comes to creating a well exposed image, with the camera struggling to record detail in both shadows and highlights. However, the drama of dappled light and shade makes it …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 62 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Fran Halsall

Fran Halsall has worked as a professional photographer and writer for nearly 7 years, taking as her inspiration the wild landscapes, diverse geology and different habitats of the British Isles.

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