I will be honest, prior to developing the Alex Aaronson blog, I did not spend that much time around nature. I was more focused on attending events, practicing product photography and making industry connections. However, as time went on, I decided I wanted to expand my portfolio and include more nature-themed images. This is how I developed an interest in nature and, more specifically, forest photography. The opportunity to explore amazing locations surrounded by beautiful nature is not to be missed, and I wish I had started practicing forest photography sooner. Below are some tips that really helped me when I was first getting started.
The first and, probably, most important thing I learned while taking photos for the Alex Aaronson portfolio is to spend enough time in your chosen location. If this is the first time you are visiting a particular area, make sure to spend enough time exploring colours, shapes, the way in which the light comes through the trees. This will give you a chance to find the best angles for photos and to feel more comfortable in the area. It would be a good idea to do a bit of research in advance and try to determine what is the best time of day to take photos. This may vary from one season to another and may also depend on the weather conditions, so keep these factors in mind as well.
If you take a look at the Alex Aaronson social media channels, you will see that I often highlight the fact that you don’t need really expensive equipment to take good photos. This is also true for forest photography, however, if you would like to make your work a bit more interesting, there are a few things you can purchase. One of them is a telephoto lens, which will help you capture the full landscape and create a much more realistic image. You can also benefit from having a wideangle lens, which are commonly used for this type of photography.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, use your imagination! If there is one thing I have learned while working on the Alex Aaronson portfolio is that the best photos are the ones in which you put your imagination and full creativity. Try out different angles and lens, visit a place several times until you get that perfect image; remember, practice makes perfect, and forest photography is not an exception to this rule!