HOW TO PHOTOGRAPHY GARDEN
Every professional photographer has a unique corporate identity, and most of them will probably tell you that their creative roots were brought up, one way or another, by photographing nature.
If you love nature, the garden can easily become one of the most pleasant places for shooting. Being in the open air, you are full of vigor, and artistic shots taken in such an environment convey the whole celebration of a beautiful moment in time in such a special place that is in constant development. And now is the time to transform your photography skills in the garden with a few quick tips!
Spend time framing each shot.
Perhaps this is one of the most important skills in photography – think about what the camera sees, and not what you yourself look at. Control of the composition will help to tell the complex story better.
Create your own focal point and remember that too many details in one image can divert attention from what really matters. Before shooting, consider all the corners of the frame. Is there no extra visual information in these very corners, will it not distract from the main object of shooting, and will it not lead the viewer out of the frame.
In the case of shooting flower photos or leaves, make the frame simple and detailed. Remember that there are no strict rules – you do not even need to capture the whole garden to tell a story. Tease your viewers with a silhouette photo – a slight hint of a petal or just a close-up of the leaves to show lush green, textured details and visual symmetry.
We will talk more about drawing up a garden photo composition at the end of the article.
Make a plan of shooting in advance
Before you go, check the weather forecast. If you are planning a concept shot with tall plants swaying back and forth, beware of windy days, or read the guidelines for taking pictures in the wind.
Try to shoot at dawn – this will contribute to the additional depth of the frame. Bright midday light is too harsh and will blur the colors in the photo, glare will look faded, and the shadows will turn into black areas without detail. It is good to shoot in cloudy cloudy weather – the light will be softer, it is less contrasted and therefore often beats garden objects more successfully.
If time (and your patience) allow, explore the location in advance one or more times in search of ideal angles and objects before a photo session.
Again, be sure to choose days when the wind is weak or absent to reduce the movement of the object. 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 high shutter speed – about 1/500 of a second or more.
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 natural lighting – bright surroundings give a beautiful and somewhat dreamy contrast, while darker lighting settings contribute to a more realistic picture, returning the viewer to a daily context.
Also use shadows to give your shots a more dramatic and volumetric 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.
Particular emphasis on the latter, because macro lenses are great for nature photography, increasing what is not so easy to see with the eye, for example, the lines on the leaves or pollen grains. Many botanical photographers take exclusively macro. This requires practice, patience, the use of a tripod and a shutter cable, because the slightest movement would mean an absolutely useless shot.
Refer to the classics: at the beginning of building the composition of the picture, look for the leading lines that can lead the viewer to the photo. The lines may frame the composition and bring it to the focal points, but basically they must start at the bottom of the frame outside the composition and lead to the garden.
Their role can be performed by anything that can create edges: fences, walls, streams, rows of plants, hedges, and especially paths. In most gardens there are paths leading deep into the garden – the viewer’s eyes also direct there. If this path is clearly delineated and there are no weeds on it, it becomes an excellent tool in the construction of the composition.