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Tree Photography – LBD Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #26 – Photographing Trees

If you have ever driven down the Columbia River on I84 just past tri-cities you have seen Greenwood Resources. The rows and rows of trees that line the south side of the interstate. I have past these trees countless times on trips and would always think next time I will stop. I said the same thing this time… nah let’s just keep driving, we need to get home. But this time, my husband said no, we need to stop so you can photograph these trees. Being the great guy he is, we drove about 20 miles to the next exit and then back tracked on the frontage road. We stayed for about 20 minutes and then got back on the interstate to make our way home.

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How to Photograph Trees

Trees are a huge part of photography when you’re shooting landscape. You don’t usually think about reading up on how to photograph trees before you go out on your landscape photo shoot, but every extra tip we have pick up along the way helps us become a better photographer. Here are a few I have read along the way:

1. The wrong light can create a flat image where as the right light can bring life to your pictures. As always shooting is best during dawn and sundown when the you the light giving dimension to your tree. That being said there are pictures to captured through out the day be creative!
2. Angles, make sure you move around look up maybe lay down and just look at the world in a different angle.
3. Look for patterns on the tree itself and then bring your focus to the patterns around the tree. Where do the branches go do they connect to frame something, where are your strong lines.
4. Pay attention to your weather, a foggy day could bring you an amazing photograph or just after it rained when the leaves are still weighed down by the moisture.
5. Pay attention to your background. Your trees might go on forever or you might see a building in the distance you want to frame within the tree branches.

Anyone have a good one to add to the list? I will keep looking

I went through many tutorials to find this one… I wasn’t having any luck finding a tutorial on techniques for trees when I came across this gem! A few years back in September of 2009 National Geographic published a Redwood on the cover, it came with a four page fold up picture of the RedWood within the magazine. This fold out picture is still hanging in Cade’s room. So when I saw this tutorial it had extra special meaning. Michael’Nick’ Nichols goes into detail about how they photographed this amazing picture using three Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II!

Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Next week on Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #27 – Motion with your Zoom



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