Garden Photography: Dos and Don'ts
Like gardening, there's both an art and a science to creating great shots of plants and landscapes. HGTVGardens asked Atlanta photographer Ben Rollins to share a few tips.
Don't: Try to Fit Everything in One Shot
It's tempting to include a lot in a photo—often, too much.
Do: Get Close
Fill the frame, focusing on your subject matter.
Don't: Shoot at Eye Level
Shooting from eye level can be boring.
Do: Shoot From Below
For a more effective angle, try shooting plants from below.
Don't: Shoot at Midday
Don't photograph during the middle of the day and early afternoon when the sun is directly overhead and harshest.
Do: Avoid Harsh Sunlight
Take advantage of the "golden hour" of early morning or late afternoon when light is soft.
Don't: Shoot in the Dark!
Avoid shooting in full shade.
Do: Shoot with Light Behind You
Position yourself so that the sun is behind the plant for highlighting it.
Don't: Use Boring Angles
Avoid sticking with the same old static angles.
Do: Find Fresh Angles
Experiment a little! Shoot from various angles.
Don't center your subject in the frame.
Do: Use the Rule of Thirds
Visually divide your frame into thirds and place the subject in the left or the right third.
Don't: Shoot From Afar
Avoid shooting your subject from too far away.
Do: Isolate Color
Isolate the subject or color you're trying to emphasize.
Don't: Split Lighting
Don't shoot into half shade and half light.
Do: Aim for Even Lighting
Photograph a subject in consistent light—either all shade or all sun.