Tips For Taking Great Pictures in City Parks & Forests

Options For Photo Books and Better Prints



Take Great Scenic Pictures Near Your Home!

The word "forest" conjures up visions of remote locations.

Yes, you can visit one of our national parks and take beautiful pictures ... if you have the time.

But, you really don't have to trek into the wilderness. Most cities have beautiful parks, many densely forested.
Woods Surround Longfellow Pond Park, Wellesley, MA
City parks are accessible, convenient and usually free. They offer excellent photo opportunities!

This is one of a series of newsletters on one-hour "photo safaris" you can take close to home or when you're visiting a new destination.

I hope you'll find these tips useful...and that you'll enjoy your own photo safaris!


Your pictures deserve to be printed!

At the end of this newsletter I'll show you how to get pro-quality prints quickly and easily.

Best regards,

Determining the Best Park(s) and Getting There!

If I'm in new I was for these pictures...I begin with some online research via a quick Google search. This gives me a good description of several possible parks, often with pictures.

I select one primary destination and a few secondary ones (Plans B & C!)

Here's what I suggest you do once you've decided on the park(s) you'll be visiting:

  • Choose the entrance or trail you'll use to enter the park.
    • Sometimes it's easiest to use an available parking lot at the park entrance.
    • Other times you may have to find a small...often hidden...path on the side of a road.
  • Use a GPS locator, combined with information from the Internet.
    • You'll save a lot of time in getting to locations and finding trailheads.
    • Once out of the car Google Maps on an iPad or smart phone can be very helpful.
    • Tip: Your GPS can help you find your car at the end of the shoot! Why? In any wooded area it's easy to get "turned-around!"

Once I'm out of the car, the fun begins!

Longfellow Pond - Wellesley, Mass.

Early this summer I found a lovely park with rich, freshly sprouted leaves surrounding a central pond in suburban Wellesley.

Like many urban forests it was small enough to shoot in an hour but dense enough to show Nature at her best.

The Forest Winds Around Longfellow's Central Pond

Here are some photo techniques I'd recommend:
  • Take some "postcard" shots. Most parks have beautiful views from scenic overlooks. Just point, compose and shoot. You can't miss getting good pictures.
    • Shoot multiple pictures, viewing them at the scene before you move on.
    • Critique Your Shots - Oftentimes, when you view your camera's monitor you'll see where a slightly different angle will produce a better result. Now, is your opportunity to make a good shot even better.
    • Look critically at both focus and exposure on each picture. Reshoot "misses."
    • Avoid the temptation to delete images too quickly.
      • Sometimes you'll have a beautiful picture-within-a-picture that you can bring out later with cropping.
  • Look for reflections that bring sky, foliage and water together.
  • Photograph the abstract shapes of nature.
  • Use dappled sunlight to add depth and texture.
    The Lighting Pattern Accentuates the Leaves
  • Take backlit pictures of leaves.
    • A leaf that is boring when front lit can have a magnificent, translucent look when light passes through it.
  • Include people...particularly children...within your pictures.
    My Grandson Joined Me For This Shoot
    • "Little people" become the "spectators" of your visual story and add an interesting counterpoint to nature.
  • Consider shooting on a rainy day, in the early morning or late afternoon. You'll see the woods in a whole new light and get some fantastic shots.


Your Options For Better Prints

Printing pictures can bring them to life and permanently preserve them.

How you print your images can make a big difference.

Paper Choices:

looks particularly rich when printed on our Kodak professional lustre/matte paper.

But, for very brilliant leaves or flowers you may want to try Kodak Metallic paper. Metallic will give you a near-3D look. It's excellent for Fall pictures.


Careful cropping can improve nearly any picture.

Please click here to learn how to crop your images on our consumer/amateur online site,

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Create a Photo Book:

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Make It Big:

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Best wishes,

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