5 Simple Tips For Capturing Woodland Photos

Madeira Landscape Photography

Check out my entire Madeira landscape photography adventure above in my new vlog video. I share tons of woodland photography advice beyond this article!

Capturing woodland photography can be a fulfilling experience, and I have fond memories of wandering through the forest with my camera in hand. However, finding a good composition can be a challenge and sometimes stressful. When I first started photographing in the woods, I found it to be like a chaotic puzzle with no solution. But over time, I developed a few techniques, both technical and mental, that have helped me. In this article, I will share these 5 techniques with you in hopes that they will aid you on your photography journey. 


Tip 1: Isolation

One simple way to capture the beauty of woodland photography scenes is through isolation. By separating individual trees from the surrounding clutter, you can create visually stunning images. You can achieve this by finding a single tree that stands out from the others, perhaps on a hill or in a field. Alternatively, you can take advantage of natural conditions that aid isolation, such as fog, which adds depth to the woods and simplifies the scene. Low direct light can also help you isolate a subject by highlighting a single tree or branch, while the rest of the forest fades into shadow. A telephoto lens can also be used to focus on a single tree or branch, emphasizing simple shapes and lines that are pleasing to the eye.


Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Isolation by finding a lone tree. Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography

Tip 2: Framing

Using framing elements is the second tip that can enhance your woodland photography. In my experience, this technique worked wonders when I was on my Madeira Landscape Photography trip. The idea is to select a clean background tree or a group of trees and use a foreground tree or branch to frame the background. A wide-angle lens works best for this technique, and you should get close to the foreground tree while ensuring that there are no intersecting lines in the background. It’s important to keep the composition neat and free of any distractions around the edges of the frame. The framing elements should pull the viewer into the scene rather than distract them from it.

Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Landscape Photography

Tip 3: Building Compositions

Don’t just take a quick snap of a tree and move on to the next spot. Take some extra time to look around and see if you can improve your composition or change your approach to the image. Take a look at these two images, for example. Both feature the exact same trees, but in the second image, I got close to the opening of the left tree to create a framing element. Now, both images have their own unique story to tell, and I like them for different reasons.

Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography

Madeira Fanal Forest
Madeira Fanal Forest

It’s amazing how a small adjustment can completely change the narrative of a photo. Building your compositions takes time, so take a shot and review it on playback to see how you can enhance the photograph by adding or removing elements.

Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Photography

Tip 4: Scouting

Woodland landscape photography requires thorough scouting. Personally, I visited the Fanal forest four different times, spending hours and hours exploring. I leveraged Google Maps to pinpoint and mark different trees that I might want to photograph, and I took reference images on my phone. This approach was invaluable to me and one of the reasons I was able to capture great shots. Although the conditions were fantastic at sunrise, the scene was also chaotic. Without prior scouting, I am not sure if I would have been able to capture much.

Madeira photography
Madeira photography

Madeira photography
Madeira photography

Tip 5: RELAX

Woodland photography is meant to be a stress-relieving activity, not one that adds to your anxiety. When I was in this grove, the rapidly changing conditions and fog started to overwhelm me. I would hurry to a hill to capture the fog, and by the time I set up, it would be gone. The same thing would happen again when I ran to another location where I spotted the fog forming. This cat-and-mouse game was quite stressful, and it hindered my creativity. It wasn’t until I took a deep breath, relaxed, and embraced the different conditions that I started to have fun here. I could sit down, appreciate the scenery, and make more calculated decisions on how to capture it. Moreover, by waiting patiently and relaxing, the fog returned to the spot I was in.

Below you will find a small collection of Madeira landscape photography from my Fanal Adventure. I hope these tips will help you not only with your composition but also with your mindset when it comes to woodland photography. Just like anything else, taking great pictures requires practice and patience. So get out there, experiment, and remember to have fun! If you enjoy these images and would like to purchase a print. Contact me here shainblumphoto@gmail.com 馃檪

 

Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Woodland Photography, Madeira landscape photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Madeira Fanal Photography
Madeira Fanal Forest Landscape Photography
Woodland Landscape Photography
35mm Film Photography Woodland Photography
35mm Film Photography Woodland Photography
35mm Film Woodland Landscape Photography
35mm Film Woodland Landscape Photography

 

9 Comments

  1. Shawnie Lamborn

    You have made them Magical!

  2. Jan Eigil Marthinsen

    I’ll go there between May 9. and May 16. And I’m so happy I watched your videos beforehand. It’s a great inspiration. Are the cows there of any problems or do the stick to their own? I hope we will get good conditions and that we will create some good photos. Thanks for your inspiration.

  3. Your videos are so relaxing, and I like watching them. Thank you for the tips, I will take them into consideration for future photo trips

  4. John Doyle

    I grew up in a coastal town, so I find the fog to be peaceful and comforting. Your landscape photography that incorporate fog speak dearly to me. Love your work Michael!

  5. These pictures are truly amazing, which time did you visit Madeira of the year, we have watched all your videos and plan to visit there at the same time!

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