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Photograph Trees In Your Own Backyard

If you’re staying home and distancing, you might be looking for ways to keep busy and stay creative. Many of our students are reaching out to share ideas and ways to stay inspired during times when it’s not as easy to get in the car and drive to interesting locations to practice our photography. 

While staying home definitely limits us in the things we might be used to photographing and although we may need to take a break from those activities and travels for the time being don’t get discouraged. There are still opportunities for you to practice your photo taking skills from the comfort of your own neighbour hood. 

If you have trees in your backyard, practising your tree photography is a great way to get some nature and landscape photography practice under your belt while keeping your social distance. If you don’t have trees in your backyard be sure to wear your mask and take precautions and go for a little walk around your neighbour hood to find some trees you can use as a subject for this exercise. 

Getting started try to pick a tree that looks most compelling to you and one that you’d most like to use as your subject for this activity. Whether it’s a large, colourful tree in your front yard lush with pink floral blooms or a large old oak up your street that you’ve always admired. Your first step is to make a decision about what you would like to focus on as the chief subject of your composition. 

Get Creative With Your Settings 

From there, try starting with an aperture of f/22 if you are interested in keeping the entire image in focus - the tree itself the foreground and the setting behind it. Using f/22 as an aperture starting point is a good method to employ if you’re looking to keep the entire image equally in focus. 

If you are interested in taking a different approach and creating more of a bokeh effect instead of keeping your entire image in perfect focus try an aperture of f/8. By using this setting you will be able to achieve the aesthetic of gentle surrounding, out-of focus blur in your image. 

Explore Nature and Landscape Photography 

If nature and landscape photography is a genre that specifically intrigues you and you find yourself interested in doing more outdoor photography exercises like this one in more comprehensive detail you should consider signing up for a formal photography course. 

Nature photography is a wide range of photography taken outdoors and to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of natural scenes and textures.

Five Tips To Becoming More Photogenic
  1. Practice. Whether you practice a pose in front of the mirror or use your camera's self-timer, a big part of looking good comes with feeling comfortable.
  2. Know your angle. Most people don't have perfectly symmetrical faces and I am one of them.
  3. Prepare a bit. 
  4. Show some emotion.
  5. Make slight adjustments.

“The most important element of a good photo is the ability of the photograph to communicate with the viewer. It should be able to tell a story through its composition, lighting, and most importantly its subject matter.”