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.
This also means you need to work quickly so do be familiar with your camera's controls and how you can adjust apertures etc. quickly to maximise your opportunities. Some cameras have dedicated dials you can assign specific controls to or offer ways you can access a particular setting more quickly. An example of this is on the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 which features a 2x2 dial control. With this the photographer can adjust aperture and exposure using the two dials, then flick the lever to adjust ISO, all in a fraction of a second.