bare tree on grass field
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Taking a photo of a “tree” or a “leaf” can be fun. I think, in this list, when it says a “tree” or a “leaf”, that perhaps they mean: 1 tree, and 1 leaf, I’m not sure. So, looking at the photo above, the artist took a photo of just one tree, and you can tell it is the main subject, but, it is obvious, it is also alone, making it the highlight of the photo. Let’s work toward the tree or leaf being the main subject.

Typically when you see a photo of just a tree, it is in the scene as a “negative space” object. Such as this:

full moon on a daybreak
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This tree, although mostly bare, is a great subject in this photo, especially because of the silhouette feature of this photo. I, too, have taken a photo like that:

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Photo by Lanny Cottrell for Smartphone Smart Photographer

This is one good way to take a photo of just One tree. At sunset time. I have seen some other great photos of just a single tree, but, during the day, and with emphasis on the tree:

green tree near green plants
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If your tree has something unique to it, then focus on that uniqueness. Like the photo above, we don’t see much of the tree at all, but that lichen on the tree makes for an interesting subject.

Now let’s take a look at taking photos of a leaf:

purple leaf
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Taking a photo of a leaf works a lot like taking a photo of a tree. If there is something unique about the leaf, then get in close and capture that uniqueness, even if you help create it. The other times that you see a lot of “leaf” pictures is in the fall, when the color is in the leaf:

brown leaf
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There is a lot of color in just a fall leaf. But, do you find that boring? How about we put some action to a leaf:

leaf floating on body of water
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See if you can give some special background to a leaf, to make it more of an interesting photo.

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Photo by Matt Collamer on Unsplash ——– Was inspired to shoot this after seeing the contrast that this leaf created. It led me to the conclusion that we manifest all the good that comes into our lives. We light the way. We infuse all the beautiful colors into our reality.
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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash ——- I like this photo of this leaf because, it is obvious that it is still on the tree. This leaf is “alive”
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Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash


When taking a photo of either a tree or a leaf, look to add a little extra into the photo for background, but, don’t make it so busy that you lose sight of what the subject is. These kind of photos you see above, are the type of photos that will sell.

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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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