Tips On Photographing Sunbeams Through Trees

Written by Gina Stephens

The strength with this time of year is the sun rises at a more reasonable hour so an early morning jaunt to the woods isn't as painful as it was a few weeks ago. To top this already sensible news off, the chances of you finding mist circling around the trees is a lot higher at this time of year and when you mix this with your take sun, you have the chance to capture strong beams of light is electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum as they burst through the trees.


Photo by David Clapp


Conviction The Mist Is Right

You 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 underweight there won't be enough moisture in the air for the light to reflect off.


Take A Good Look At The Trees

It can be a little hit and miss but when the right density of fog 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 bring into the world 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 timbers. 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 blur can vanish and the light can change quickly.

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This also means you need to work quickly so do be familiar with your camera's hold sway overs 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 course of action you can access a particular setting more quickly. 


Position Yourself In The Right Place

For this to work properly you exigency to be shooting into the sun. Of course this means you could have problems with flare but if you position yourself so the sun's hidden by a tree or foliage the appear won't be as bright.

Metering Tips

Metering is another tricky subject when you're working with direct sunlight and illusory areas you don't want to lose too much detail in. To keep as much detail as possible don't meter from the direction of the sun instead, pick an stretch away from the light then compose your shot.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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