Tips On Photographing Sunbeams Through Trees
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How To Shoot Sunbeams Through Trees - Learn how to capture beams of light bursting through trees.
Photo by David Clapp - www.davidclapp.co.uk
- Usual suspects such as a sturdy tripod.
- Warm clothing as it's starting to turn cool first-thing.
Hope The Mist Is RightYou have to have the right type of mist for this - too thick and you won't be able to see the end of your nose let alone a sun beam but if it's too thin there won't be enough moisture in the air for the light to reflect off.
Take A Good Look At The TreesIt can be a little hit and miss but when the right density of mist does appear, you'll be able to capture some cracking shots as long as you have the right number of trees. Too many and you'll have broken, uneven patches of light but if there's too few the light will flood the open spaces leaving you with plenty of light but no beams. Your best bet is to quickly move to several locations to judge what looks the best before setting up camp. We say move quickly as the mist can vanish and the light can change quickly.
Position Yourself In The Right PlaceFor this to work properly you need to be shooting into the sun. Of course this means you could have problems with flare but if you position yourself so the sun's hidden by a tree or foliage the light won't be as bright.
Metering TipsMetering is another tricky subject when you're working with direct sunlight and shadowy areas you don't want to lose too much detail in. To keep as much detail as possible don't meter from the direction of the sun instead, pick an area away from the light then compose your shot.
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