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
· HAVE FUN AND EXPERIMENT!!!
Please take a few minutes to view my Urban landscape gallery here: https://www.crewsphotography.com/gallery.html?loopTrack=1&folio=Image%20Galleries&gallery=Urban%20Landscape%20Design