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5 ways to take better photos of your garden

How to take photos of your garden

Your garden offers some fantastic photographic opportunities.  Here are five tips you apply to take great photos of your garden with any camera including your smartphone.


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#1 Get close to your subject

Provide a unique perspective on a familiar subject by getting as close as you can.  In addition to creating a more interesting image – filling the frame leaves less room for distracting background elements.

My smartphone’s camera was within three inches of the subject cutting out all background clutter and creating a little blur around the edge of the frame. Taken and edited on iPhone.

Stay sharp: Up-close, the effect of natural handshake is exaggerated making it difficult to get sharp results.  Take a few shots in succession and check your results before moving on.

#2 Find Depth

Getting up close and adding a little tilt simultaneously places your subject in-front, within, and behind the focus plane giving a sweet spot of sharpness and increasing levels of blur beyond it.  Blur provides a nice aesthetic and lends depth to our two-dimensional image.

The right-hand side of the flower is in front of the focus plane. Our sharp ‘sweet spot’ is nearer the center. Taken and edited on iPhone.

If you want to keep things sharp and detailed, shoot head-on so all elements of the flower are within the same distance of your camera’s lens.

#3 Shoot up

Shooting up enables you to frame your subject without capturing all the background clutter normally found at ground level.  It also makes for an unusual perspective and the sky can serve you well as background.

Giant flowers? Try to frame familiar subjects in unfamiliar ways. On this day, the sky provided a perfectly pleasant and uniform background for a portrait-style shot. Taken and edited on iPhone.

#4 Shoot Down

Opportunities lie underfoot.  Just remember to keep your feet outside of the frame. 

Sadly, no one believes I didn’t place the leaf but that’s life. Taken with Nikon D750.

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#5 Think different and have fun

It is hugely satisfying to snatch a photograph from an unwilling scene. It was a dull, colourless, winter’s day with severe but silhouette friendly contrast.  The coloured version of this photograph worked out well but a few in-phone tweaks turned it into a nice piece of Gothic wall art.

Straight out of a Tim Burton film. Taken and edited on iPhone.

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