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Top Ten Tips to capture The National Forest

Thursday, 18th June 2009

The National Forest Company has teamed up with professional photographer Christopher Beech to put together ten top photography tips.  They include techniques such as using objects in the foreground, thinking vertical and locking the focus. 

Living in the heart of this ‘Forest in the making’ has given Chris more than 12 years experience in capturing the landscape transformation across The National Forest.  Chris has been taking photographs from the age of twelve, and as Course Leader at Burton College, has successfully combined teaching for the last 15 years, with freelance commercial photography and personal practice.

Chris said: “The National Forest is rich in its diversity of landscapes, which makes it a brilliant place to take photographs - from the ancient Forests and parkland, young woodland, wildflower meadows, lakes and rolling hills to the wealth of wildlife in the area.  And the beauty of the Forest is how it changes throughout the seasons.  The colourful wildflowers will soon make way for the reds, the golds and the wonderful light that Autumn brings.”

Suggested sites to capture the Forest include sparkling Foremark Reservoir or the parkland landscape of Calke Abbey - with its resident deer, misty lakes and ancient oaks.  Beacon Hill within the ancient Forest of Charnwood offers panoramic views, while the lush green paths at Willesley Wood near Ashby de la Zouch literally draw you in to explore the woodland.

For more information on attractions, activities, events and places to stay in and around The National Forest, the 2009 visitor guides to the Forest and Beyond are bursting with great ideas.  These are available from Tourist Information Centres or from the National Forest Company.