The challenge that a lot of urban photographers face is taking photographs that look like they were taken in a serene area. With the hustle and bustle of the city scene, a forest look is hard to come by without traveling outside of the city…or is it?
“I got these shots of local model, Marlow Rae, right in downtown Seattle in Denny Park. We know we wanted to work together, and we threw together a very impromptu shoot. Marlow and I met downtown one evening as we were racing the sun.”
Marcela’s Photography Tip For a Forest Look:
I’m a big fan of the outdoors, and I’m luckily living in the Northwest. I have tons of outdoors to explore. However, sometimes you don’t get enough time to make the most use of the sun for a long drive out to the wilderness. There’s still plenty you can do.
Go to a park! Seattle has a ton of options to choose from. And lakes, too! But wherever you are, scout out a nice park, as well as lighting during different times of day. You want to make sure everything works out in your favor.
Change your perspective. You’d be surprised how much a difference getting either high or low can make. If there’s a lot of people in your otherwise seamless faux forest background, get up high. Shooting from a higher perspective gives you the opportunity to cut out any buildings or distractions and focus entirely on your subject.
Make do with what you’ve got. If all else fails, use your surroundings to the best of your advantage. We can’t always pretend we’re in the middle of nowhere when we’re actually in a city, but we sure as hell can try.
Marcela used a Fujifilm XM-1 with a Canon FD 50mm 1.8 lens to capture these images.
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Marcela makes a great point about making sure you’re always utilizing what you have. Sometimes though, that can be very tricky if your shooting environment is much different than what you anticipated.
Being able to work on the fly is a great skill to have, but having a solid understanding of composition is the only way you’ll be able to make it work. Brush up on your composition 101 to make sure you’re ready for anything!