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10 Tips for Garden Photography

Several years ago, I was asked by a local garden club if I would make a presentation at a members' meeting.  The presentation was well received with some great discussion among the members attending.  About two weeks later I ran into a woman in a bookstore who recognized me from the meeting and expressed her personal thanks and appreciation.  This week I received an email from her asking if I still had a list of photography tips presented at that presentation and could I email that list to her.  

I thought I would list them again for anyone and everyone who loves  to capture images from a garden. nursery, conservatory, or while just walking  through a beautiful area.  The suggestions are not listed in any priority as  every photograph presents unique opportunities. 

Quick Tips for Garden and Landscape Photography

·       Try to shoot early or late in day  (avoid mid-day when light is harshest and colors muted)

·       Soft sunlight renders the best light

·       With bright sunshine, try to keep sun direction at right angles to composition

·       Level the horizon line

·       If possible, physically clean up area within composition before shooting

·       Use rule of thirds to compose the photo rather than centering

·       Try to provide a path for the viewers eye to follow through the composition

·       Darken (wet) the soil or pavers for better contrast

·       Try selective focus (primary item in focus with background blurred)

·       Eliminate sky unless it is an integral part of composition

·       Move in for close-ups

·       Process captured images for brightness, color saturation, contrast and sharpness

·       Crop images as desired


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