5 Garden Photography Tips: Make Your Garden’s Best Moments Last Forever
Summary: Use these garden photography tips to capture your garden’s most luscious moments like a true professional! Plus, learn how collecting gorgeous garden photos will add to your overall gardening skills!
Even the best gardeners only get a number of weeks each year when their plants as a whole are in full, perfect, bloom. When your garden is at its yearly peek it’s a great time to snap some photographs, only you want to make sure the photos do your garden justice! Consistently well taken photographs will help you improve your garden as you will be able to see the documented changes (for better or worse) throughout the years. In order to snap your garden at its prime, try these 5 garden photography tips!
1. Time of Day
As professional gardener, Jake Miller points out, “The word photography means writing with light, and finding the best light to show off your garden is the key to making beautiful pictures.” Many wrongly assume that a garden full of bright sun light will work best for flower garden photography, but this is so not the case! In fact, according to Miller, when the sun is at its highest, it is the trickiest time to snap stellar photos, although he suggests switching on the “fill flash” mode to help. Evening, at just the right time—before it’s too dark but after the sun has begun to set—is a great time to take photos of anything, especially a garden bursting with color. The darkening sky still offers enough light while allowing the bold colors of the flowers and plants to stand out. Depending on your garden, the exact time of day to take the best photos will vary, try out a variety and see what you like best!
2. What’s in the Background
When photographing gardens, background images are just as important as the main focal point of any photo. Have the wrong object in the line of the photo and your main attraction could lose its star quality. As Miller states, “The eye tends to follow converging lines, and it is drawn to the brightest colors and lightest elements in a photo.” In other words, if you have a tangle of weeds or an old shovel in the background—perhaps you will look past it because you did when you took the image—but others who don’t frequent your property will not. Instead they might miss your main focal point all together, too distracted by something in the background.
3. Try Out a Variety of Angles
The way that you angle the camera can change the entire photo! Zoom in and out, take a couple of steps one way and then a couple more in the other, snapping a variety of shots as you go along—all focused on the same thing. If you have a digital camera, you will see the photos right away, helping you to decide which looks best.
4. Decrease Film Speed
We are used to high speed internet and fast food restaurants—we live in a fast-paced world that likes instant gratification. Yet just as fast food will bloat your waist line, quickly snapped photos will suffer as well. While it can be tempting to set your film speed on high so that you can take the quickest snap shots in a row, this can largely take away from photos as they have less time to process each shadow and color. While the newest, and most expensive, technology allows most of these negatives to all but disappear, the everyday camera must take this into consideration. In order to see the differences for yourself, take the same photo using a variety of film speeds and then compare your findings.
5. Check for Photo Flaws
Have you ever gotten back a great photo of yourself only to realize it looks like someone’s head is floating right beside yours? These sorts of flaws are funny but they also take away from the overall picture—as our eyes tend to hone in on things that look strange or out of place. The same can be said about the photos we take of our gardens; for example, when there are many different plant stems running side by side this can look really off putting in a photo, try taking the photo from a different position to clean up angles too dimensionally complicated to work in print.
What to do With Your Best Photos
Out in the garden, photography is a great way to immortalize your green thumb at its best, take it one step further and have your favorite images professionally blown up, printed, and framed to create amazing artwork for your home.
Another popular way to share the beauty of your garden is to post your photos online, either through a social media network like Facebook or by starting a blog of your own! Sharing photos with others is a great way to collect compliments, make friends, and best of all—for the sake of your flowers—it is a great source of feedback so that you can improve in the future—becoming the best garden photographer that ever did live!
For more garden photography tips see all of Jake Miller’s blog here.