Getting a decent photograph in a forest can be one of the hardest things in the world. Usually it’s too sunny. While the forest looks stunning to our eyes, the camera records only deep shadows and blown highlights. But there are some tricks and tips to look out for. The key ingredients for a successful photo of a forest include mist, snow, water, colour, sunlight (sometimes!) and last but not least, composition. Here are some examples of how these ingredients can combine to create successful images:
Mist and colour
This image combines great mist with red and green colours in a strong composition.
Mist and sunlight
Here the suns rays strike early morning mist creating a dramatic composition. The colours have been desaturated to emphasize the suns rays.
Snow and sunlight
Snow creates interest and the image is completed by a star of sunshine. The outside trees anchor the image.
Snow and colour
The red totara stands out in an otherwise fairly average composition.
Water and movement bring almost any forest scene to life by providing a focal point and a sense of movement. Strong sunlight still usually needs to be avoided, however.