Garden Photography Basics
If your garden is your pride and joy you should be able to share it with the world – then what better way than to take photos for prints and for sharing online. But what if your talent is with a rake and shovel and not a camera? These simple garden photography basics will help you get started.
Shoot a variety of shots including wide-angle or panoramic, medium, and close-ups or macro of flowers, insects, and other interesting garden items. Look for clean lines and strong colors. Make your photographs more graphical by filling the frame with a single color or texture.
Don’t limit yourself to one format, shoot horizontal and vertical images. Sometimes changing the camera’s orientation will get rid of a distracting background or cause you to see a new element you had missed before.
Early morning and late afternoon offer the best lighting of the day. Shooting during these times limits the harsh, bright light of the mid-day sun. Overcast skies also provide you with naturally diffused lighting.
Don’t just photograph the flowering blooms. Photograph vegetables and trees, handmade objects, or structures—the things that give your garden its personality.