Tips For Taking Photos Of Trees

Tree Photography

Taking photos of trees is something that I like to do,they are great to capture against the many backdrops such as the park or in some other place, there are many ways to photograph a tree and I have written some tips here for taking photos of trees and the experiences of my little hobby of tree photography.

In the four photos below, they are a mix of different view points, but I did this for a reason and the reason is this, don't always try to frame everything in a perfect picture frame, because sometimes different view points and angles will be far better for your photos, realistically life isn't all about getting the bigger picture, it's about doing what you want with photography and seeing if it works out.

A digital camera is cheap and can be a good camera to invest in to take lots of pictures that you can upload to your computer although I recommend a higher mega pixel camera, because the pictures look far better anything above a 9 or a 10 should be fine.

Tree Photo Beginnings

I remember losing one of my balls somewhere along here!
I remember losing one of my balls somewhere along here!
Cheeky Squirrel get back here!!
Cheeky Squirrel get back here!!
I like to take photos of the branches joining the tree trunk.
I like to take photos of the branches joining the tree trunk.
An upwards view of a tree trunk, the angle on this tree suggest the tree is a giant tree.
An upwards view of a tree trunk, the angle on this tree suggest the tree is a giant tree.

Sun Effects In Photos

 The sun can provide a natural light source needed to enhance a scene of any kind, but when it comes to trees they make them look almost like wire frames at times, silhoettes that appear darkened when the sun shines through.

Having the sun appear on a photo just jazzes a dull picture up and the following 3 photos are examples of using the sun to enhance your tree photos.

The Sun Effect In Your Tree Photos

The sun shining through a tree
The sun shining through a tree
The sun reflecting on the camera lens
The sun reflecting on the camera lens
The sun shining is the centrepiece of this photo, aswell as the pathway.
The sun shining is the centrepiece of this photo, aswell as the pathway.

Coverage Of Tree Branches

 Take a picture of one tree branch, but then come back to it another day nd you'll find you can never take the exact same shot of that branch, well there are advantages of taking pictures of many trees, because everyone is unique and you can build up a massive archive of tree photos just by pointing and clicking all day long.

You can take pictures of parts of a trees branch and make it interesting, in the following 3 photos I like the detail and the trees branching out in different places.

Twisted Branches Of Trees

Upwards branches shoot up to the sky.
Upwards branches shoot up to the sky.
The twisted nature of the trees can make a good tree photo.
The twisted nature of the trees can make a good tree photo.
Middle of the trunk photos work just aswell.
Middle of the trunk photos work just aswell.

Taking Wide Shots Of Trees

 Wide shot photos are great when you can try and frame something in a particular way or off centre a tree to one side, the key here is focus on experimenting and seeing what might look good.

The 3 photos below are just experiments of wide shots, to try and capture the moment of static trees, with digital cameras there is some element of holding the camera still for a few seconds after the shot has been taken, but sometimes moving the camera slighty may give it a blur that might work or it might not, I like to work with photography that is experimental and just taking photos because I can, rather than professionally.

Full Wide Tree Shots

Wide shot of the park, with a cheeky tree at the side.
Wide shot of the park, with a cheeky tree at the side.
A wide shot with trees in the distance.
A wide shot with trees in the distance.
Tree wide shot with a centrally focused tree.
Tree wide shot with a centrally focused tree.

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SamanthaKayy99 5 years ago

I think the trees in the winter are lovely, but i got a new Canon SX30 IS, and it's not good to take such good camera, or any camera really, out in such cold weather.. If only there were a Camera Sweater!:P


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yeah that's the only thing, adding the KC stadium made the park shrink somewhat. I take the kids there during the summer for a cheap day out there, as usually there is an ice cream van and the little paddling pool has been filled up too.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

It is a nice park. I sometimes walk my dogs there. I always clean up th poop though. There is a lot of work going on so I hope they do not spoil this park anymore.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yeah they were taken in West Park last year and taking photos of the trees in that park is nice and relaxing to have a quick walk around the park!

I've even taken photos of most of the trees bark too of many of the trees there, got to get some reference photos too of other buildings and maybe other scenery also.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Some great advice and shots. Were these taken in West Park?


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Trees always look good even on bad hair days with the wind and all that jazz!

Cheers now!!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

I love taking photos of trees - I think it is because no two are alike and they change so much through the seasons. I love the way sunlight filters through a canopy of leaves. Thank you for a hub on tree photography.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Trees Rule!

Cheers wide angle lens!


Wide Angle Lense 7 years ago

Great advice, I also like to take photos of trees, I guess it comes from growing up in Oregon. lol. I really like the photo of the trail with the sun shining down thru the trees.


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

I could take pics of trees all day if I had the time, whatever the weather. I have a hubpage in draft about drawing fantasy trees and this is directly inspired by great trees I photograph too.

Cheers Sweetie!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

I am obsessed with taking photos of trees too! Today I took some lovely images of the sun filtering through the branches, and I have even used the photos as inspiration for some of my drawings.


TreeHugga 7 years ago

I too like trees as they are all different and have their own 'character' so you never take the same picture!


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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers nancy!

I just like taking pictures of trees, if there was a job going taking photos of trees, then I'll have that job!!


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Good article and as a photographer myself, I love to capture trees too. They have such personalities in shape, and leaf design.

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