Photographing gardens provides a lasting record of a fleeting moment, capturing the beauty of a favourite flower or a border in its prime. So, it’s not hard to see why more and more people are interested in getting the camera out and making a record of that beauty. There are many types of pictures that people will wish to take, vistas, portraits and close-ups to name but a few.
So, we have put together a few pieces of advice when photographing close-ups – take a look below…
Tips when photographing close-ups in the garden
Gardens offer vast scope for close-ups, whether it be a frosted blade of grass, a honey bee sucking nectar or flowers at their peak. However, before taking a close-up of a flower or leaf there are a few things to consider:
– First check that it is fresh and without blemishes.
– The background is key, with pale coloured flowers shown at their best against darker tones and deeper colours complemented by soft greens whereas bare soil has a dulling effect.
– The backdrop should also be uncluttered and not highly textured, so as not to detract from the subject. If a distracting backdrop is unavoidable, blur it by selecting a shallow depth of field. In this instance, focusing must be very accurate, and any wind movement will cause fuzziness, so be patient and wait for a still moment.
You must also always consider the quality of light – it is absolutely critical. Whereas fantastic light can transform an insipid subject, lifeless light can kill dead the most wondrous of sights. Unfortunately for the garden’s photographer, good light is unpredictable, fickle even, vanishing in an instant. There is no quick, easy way of understanding the elusive variations of light — it is an awareness that grows in tandem with a photographer’s experience. The two finest times in the day for great garden photography are early morning or early evening.
A top tip to remember…
A shallow depth of field (low f stop) lends itself to clos-up and macro photography because it isolates the subject from its background.
Other tips when photographing gardens…
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