Find out how to take wonderful photos of Colorado’s Aspen trees with your camera–whether it’s a DSLR or your iPhone.

Best Places to Photograph Aspen Trees

Maroon Bells in Fall

Luckily, Aspen groves are all over the state, so you’ll have strong odds of seeing them wherever you go. But if you’re looking for the best place and don’t mind the drive, here’s what we recommend:

  • Castle Creek Road near Aspen, CO
  • Maroon Bells near, Aspen, CO
  • Lizard Head Pass near Telluride, CO
  • Guanella Pass near Georgetown, CO
  • Kebler Pass near Crested Butte, CO
  • Golden Gate State Park near Golden, CO

General Photography Tips

For you newbies out there, here are some general photo tips that will help you capture Aspen trees as well as other focal points.

golden hour

The golden hour

Early morning and dusk are “the golden hour” and will produce a warm, golden light that works well in photography.

calming landscape

Horizontal lines create calmness in photos

For calming photos, capture a horizontal line with your landscape.

vertical energy

Vertical lines create energy in photos

For energizing photos, capture vertical lines in your landscape.

rule of three

The rule of three

Utilize the rule of three. The rule of three states that your focal point should be 1/3 of the way from the center of your photo.

Instagram Filters We Love for Aspen Trees

These Instagram filters will make your Aspen Trees look brighter and more interesting in your Instagram feed.

  • Juno – Brighten oranges, yellows, and reds
  • Claredon – Brightens highlights, boldens shadows
  • Valencia – Makes colors more prominent
  • Mayfair – Great filter for any photo

iPhone Tips

Turn on HDR (high dynamic range) for balanced photos. What this setting does is snap three images, one for brightness, one for shadows, and one for the middle lighting. It then combines the three images so you’re not stuck with an overly lit sky or almost-black shadows.

A wide angle lens attachment is a useful tool and can be purchased for less than $10. These widen your iPhone’s camera and allows you to capture the best shots of Aspen groves.

You can take photos and edit like a pro on your phone using the Adobe Lightroom app. This app is free.

Aspen Inspiration

Get inspired by some of our favorite photos of Aspen trees.

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If you’re heading to Colorado to capture Aspen groves and bright skies, stop in The Limelight Hotel in Aspen, Colorado. You can rest up, relax, and dine in.

About Kelsey Anderson

Kelsey is a Midwest native who currently resides in Colorado. She spends her weekends hiking, biking, and checking out local eateries. Her favorite things to do in Aspen are hiking around Maroon Bells, jamming at Belly Up, and exploring the latest restaurants.