Photography is the most beautiful art form known to mankind and we have been experimenting with it quite often. In our quest for beautiful images we tend set on a long journey to places less traveled. We forget that sometimes the most beautiful landscapes including photographing gardens are just a few steps away, may be as close as your backyard.
Over a period of time garden photography has grown as a genre but we tend to make a few mistakes while photographing gardens. So, here is your ultimate guide to Photographing gardens by Benelli Brothers:
See the complete picture: when you see an old photograph, you start to wonder why you clicked it. The golden rule of photography is to take a complete picture of the subject with all its component while approaching the subject so click the garden with flowers and structure and then decide on the subject which you want to focus.
First shoot wide angle shots gradually zooming in a little and finally taking the macro shot.
Use a tripod: keeping your camera still is the most important part of taking a good picture. While photographing a garden, you should get as close as possible to the subject to capture those intricate details. A tripod helps you in keeping you camera still and giving you the flexibility to use bigger and heavier lenses.
Play with sunlight: whenever capturing a flower, move around the subject to find the best possible natural lighting effect. You may use extra lighting but from experience I can say that best photos come in natural lighting.
Capture critters and structures: We all love flowers as a subject but the beauty of the same flower increases when you capture a critter, maybe a bee,a butterfly or a bug sitting on the same flower. Incorporate the background and play with various exposure levels to click that master shot.
Follow the path: all the gardens are unique from the colors to its symmetry. Capture the gardens path to give the viewer a sense of belonging, that he is there in the frame. Also capture the unique character of garden e.g. English gardens are very formal and old fashionably styled with heavy flowers, unlike the Japanese gardens which are more symmetrical with clean lines and edges giving great depth to your picture.
All said and done, don’t be afraid to lie down for that perfect shot with sharp lines and vivid colors in the pleasant early morning lighting. You should also improvise by changing the orientation of the camera lens so as to add different element to the picture.
With all this detail, now you are ready to take your photographic skills to the next level.
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