HOW TO PHOTO GARDEN
Each professional photographer has a unique corporate identity, and most of them are likely to tell you that their creative roots were brought up, one way or another, by photographing nature.
If you love nature, then the garden can easily become one of the most pleasant places for shooting. Being outdoors, you are full of vivacity, and art shots taken in such an atmosphere convey the whole holiday of a wonderful moment in time in such a special place, which is in constant development. And now is the time to transform your photography skills in the garden with a few quick tips!
Spend time cropping each shot
Perhaps this is one of the most important skills in photography – think about what the camera sees and not what you look at. Controlling the composition will help you better tell a complex story.
Create your focal point and remember that too many details in one image can distract attention from what really matters. Before shooting, consider all the corners of the frame. Are there any excess visual information in these very corners, will it distract from the main subject of the shooting, and will the viewer’s gaze be taken away from the frame.
In the case of shooting floral photographs or leaves, make the frame simple and detailed. Remember that there are no strict rules – you don’t even need to take over the entire garden to tell a story. Tease your viewers with a silhouette shot – a slight hint of a petal or just a close-up of leaves to show lush greenery, textured details and visual symmetry.
We’ll talk more about composing a composition of garden photography at the end of the article.
Before setting off, check the weather forecast. If you are planning a conceptual shoot with tall plants swaying back and forth, beware of windy days, or read the windy shot guide.
Try to shoot at dawn – this will contribute to the additional depth of the frame. The bright midday light is too sharp and will blur the colors in the photo, the glare will look faded, and the shadows will turn into black areas without details. It’s good to shoot in cloudy cloudy weather – the light will be softer, it is less contrast and therefore often plays garden objects more successfully.
If time (and your patience) allows, pre-explore the location one or more times in search of ideal angles and objects before the photo shoot.
Again, be sure to select days for shooting when the wind is weak or absent to reduce the movement of the subject. For a photo shoot in the garden, the most convenient conditions are when the wind speed is below 8 km / h – then your chances of getting clear images with a good depth of field will be much greater. If you are shooting on a windy day and want to get a plant in the frame without blurring, you need to use a faster shutter speed – about 1/500 second or higher.
As you know, the best time to shoot is early morning or late evening. However, do not limit yourself to the fundamental rules of photography. Beat the natural light – the vibrant surroundings give a beautiful and somewhat dreamy contrast, while the darker lighting settings contribute to a more realistic picture, returning the viewer to everyday context.
Also use shadows to give your shots a more dramatic and voluminous effect.
Use different lenses
Try using wide-angle lenses to capture a wide view of the landscape or capture the smallest details in the garden with a macro lens.
A special emphasis is placed on the latter, because macro lenses are great for taking pictures of nature, increasing what is not so easy to see with the eye, for example, lines on leaves or pollen grains. Many botanical photographers shoot exclusively macro. This requires practice, patience, using a tripod and cable to release the shutter, because the slightest movement will mean an absolutely useless shot.
Their role can be performed by anything that can create the edges: fences, walls, streams, rows of plants, hedges and especially paths. Most gardens have paths leading deep into the garden – the viewer’s gaze also rises there. If this path is clearly delineated and there are no weeds on it, it becomes an excellent tool in building the composition.