Who does not love to roam around a garden? It makes our mind calm, uplifts our moods, and relieves stress. To capture such beauty with a camera is not at all easy. If you are planning to try garden photography for the first time, check out the 4 fundamental tips for garden photography.
4 Basic Garden Photography Tips Everyone Should Know
Subjects For Garden Photography
Gardens offer a large number of subjects, from plants to insects! It is not even required to say how photogenic flowers in the garden are. You can complete your gardening photography album with only the pictures of flowers, forgetting the rest. But if you want your album to be diverse, include other elements of gardens like plants, grass, pots, decorative items, etc. Even gardening tools can become an interesting subject if you can click them in the right way. You can include humans, animals, or birds in your garden photos too. It will add more layers to those. You can also tell a story of the relationship of mother nature with her creatures with them.
Lighting For Garden Photography
Try to shoot in the garden during the golden hours, i.e. an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. Never attempt to shoot when the sun is over the head because it will create unwanted shadows in the picture. You will get completely different effects when you shoot in the morning and evening. Some photographers utilize the sunset to create silhouettes, by placing the sunset in front of the setting sun. You can also shoot on cloudy days to capture a distinct mood of the garden in your photo. Cloudy weather will save you from having hard shadows too.
Editing For Garden Photography
You must shoot in RAW to edit the pictures later with ease. No other format of picture offers so many editing opportunities as this one does. You should always do some common editing in all the photos before proceeding to the advanced editing of each photo as per your choice. It includes adjusting exposure, color temperature, adding highlights, etc. The brighter the colors, the more vibrant the garden looks. But remember not to overdo it. Keep your photo as natural-looking as possible. You can also remove shadows to a certain extent retaining the natural look, by post-processing.
Background For Garden Photography
Minimalism goes hand in hand with garden photography. Do not keep unnecessary props in the garden. Your photos should have a clean background. You can clean the background if possible, or can change your position and find a suitable position where the background looks good if cleaning the background is beyond your abilities. If you want to capture a particular aspect of the garden like the flowers, then blur the background using a wide aperture i.e. lowering the depth of field. It will create a bokeh effect and portray your subject more prominently. To show the entire garden, take wide-angle shots, focus only on a particular area of the garden, take medium shots, and for capturing the details take close-ups.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.