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Learn How To Photograph Tree Lines With These 4 Simple Steps

Tree lines make excellent photographic subjects, particularly in winter when lacking leaves, and they're not really that difficult to capture on camera either.

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Learn How To Photograph Tree Lines With These 4 Simple Steps : Trees

Now that the trees are bare, they can make better subjects for line-based shots of them as there are no leaves to distract from the trunk.

1. A Walk In The Woods

Densely wooded areas can make interesting patterns when shot straight on. Just watch your exposure as it can be a little dark. As a result, you may need slightly longer shutter speeds and for this, you will need to carry your tripod.

2. Visit The Park 

Venture to your park and take a walk around the paths and you're sure to find trees at either side of you. If you have a particularly long row of trees where the canopy stretches over the path, try standing at one end and use your telephoto lens to exaggerate the length of the lines. If the canopy is rather thick you may need longer exposure times. Just watch out for blurred leaves if you do opt to use them as anything that moves will be blurred in the final shot.


Learn How To Photograph Tree Lines With These 4 Simple Steps : Trees

3. Guide The Eye

An empty path dusted with autumn leaves surrounded by two lines of trees looks great but make the most of the long lines and use them to guide the eye through the image to an object at the other side. In a park, this could be a museum, bench, a statue or even someone walking their dog. 

A telephoto lens is perfect for this type of photography, as it can make the tree lines look like they last forever, adding a further sense of mystery to the shot.


4. Fog & Mist

If you have a misty/foggy day use the weather conditions to bring a bit of mystery to the shot, hiding what's at the end of the path of trees. Try experimenting with slow shutter speeds too as you can turn the fog into a smooth river that circles the trees. This effect will work really well when the trees have shredded all of their leaves leaving the skeleton of branches behind.


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