Photographing Forests: Soft Light Essential

by Jim Zuckerman

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Forest photography requires the light to be soft and diffused for best results. This is true almost without exception. Sometimes sunrise and sunset lighting works well, but most of the time you will want a cloud cover.

For shooting the forest floor as I did in this landscape from Ireland (County May near Westport), shade is especially important because patchy lighting is absent and contrast is at a minimum The colors are surprising rich and saturated even though direct sunlight is absent.

I used a tripod for this picture, f/32, and a 16-35mm wide-angle lens. My ISO was 100.

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Jim Z is a top stock pro who teaches for BetterPhoto's photography school online, including these courses: Techniques of Natural Light Photography and Developing Your Creative Artistic Vision. He also contributed to The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager.





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