Digital Photography For Dummies
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In order to get good photographs of a forest, you must notice the forest as an entity. When you see the elements for a compelling picture fall into place, it’s time to think about composition, settings, and so on. Here are six things to consider when photographing a forest:

  • Choose a high vantage point. If you’re photographing a forest in the middle of a mountain range or one that’s nestled in a valley, photograph the forest from a high vantage point.

  • Choose a low vantage point. If you’re walking down a meandering path in a forest and the elements for a great picture appear before you, consider crouching down to photograph the forest from a low vantage point. From this position, you capture the majesty and grandeur of the forest.

  • Pick the appropriate format. You should almost always photograph a forest in landscape format (the picture is wider than it is tall) with the camera level with the horizon.

  • Use a wide-angle focal length. To capture the big picture, use a wide-angle focal length, 28mm or wider. Note that if you photograph a forest with a focal length less than 28mm from a distance, you’ll have to include something rather prominent in the foreground to capture the interest of the viewer — such as a large bush, rock, or tree.

  • Choose the right settings. Use the lowest possible ISO setting to minimize noise. Choose a small aperture with an f-stop value between f/11 and the camera’s smallest aperture.

    If you’re shooting in dim lighting conditions, the small aperture yields a slow shutter speed, sometimes too slow to handhold the camera. If this is the case, bump the ISO slightly, but try not to exceed an ISO setting of 800.

  • Use a tripod. If you want clear, sharp pictures, consider carrying a tripod with you. You may think tripods are a nuisance to carry around, but mounting your camera on a tripod guarantees you get a sharp picture.

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Julie Adair King is a veteran photography professional and instructor with more than 60 books to her credit. She has written all editions of Digital Photography For Dummies as well as 40 guides to DSLR camera models.

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