The sunshine is finally here, and it looks like we are going to have a warm one this week! A large amount of us are going to be spending more of our time outside, which gives us the perfect opportunity to capture our gardens in lots of different ways. Sometimes, the best photography subjects to frame are right under our nose, so there is no need to travel too far!
We have put together some of our top tips to get you started so you can photograph your garden in the best way possible.
Imagine the subject of your photograph a bit like the main plot if you were telling a story. Before you take a single snap, you need to think about what exactly you are trying to capture. Flowers, of course, are the most commonly photographed subject as they are diverse in colour and appearance. Who doesn't love flowers right? Although these are ideal, they are not the only subjects at your disposal.
The next time you are in your garden, have a look around and see what you can find that is interesting and catches the eye... In essence, try and look for something different. How about your garden gate, or a footpath, perhaps you have decorations hanging or if you are lucky enough, you can picture some of the local wildlife. Whatever you choose to photograph, remember to keep the subject as the main focal point whilst at the same time, consider how the surrounding compliments it.
In addition to this, you don't always have to photograph the whole subject either. You could do a small section of it or even play around with the contrast and make it look more like a silhouette. By selecting small segments of the subject, it helps tell a story and help the viewer explore and imagine what else you saw. Just remember that you have complete creative control and the possibilities are endless!
Typically, the best time of the day to find that perfect lighting is called the golden hour. In the early morning or sunset when the sun is lower to the horizon creates a breath-taking, more dramatic effect. Gardens can quite often, completely change in appearance so use this time to your advantage. However, don't just choose the golden hour to take photographs of your garden, any time of the day can be perfect, just take the time to find the perfect subject to capture.
Every garden has a unique personality or quirk. When have you spent the time to explore it and find what really makes it unique? Think about what makes your garden special to you and try to highlight it in the most interesting and creative ways.
In our experience, all-weather conditions are a perfect opportunity for creating stunning photographs. The weather in the UK can be unpredictable at times and you are never too far away from the odd rain shower. When it is raining, have a look to see how the water droplets influence the environment. Water droplets forming on the windows and even on flowers can look brilliant if you capture them in the right way. When it is overcast outside, use it to your advantage and photograph the different cloud formations. With dark clouds bring more of a moody feel to your images. As the clouds act as natural diffusers of light, these are brilliant for removing hard shadows.
The standout colour in most gardens will be green, so it is important to know how to use it to your advantage as it will have a large influence on the other colours and tones elsewhere in your photographs. There are some fantastic websites and apps out there that provide a colour palette and show colours that complement one another.
Like everything you do, you'll get the best results when you take the time to enjoy what you are doing. Your images won't necessarily come out perfect at your first attempt but don't be disheartened. With a little bit of patience and creativity, you will be pleasantly surprised by what you can create.
We hope that you will find some of our top tips useful. Remember to keep practising and we are sure you will come out with something amazing! Feel free to share your results on our Facebook page.
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Article Posted: 24/06/2020 07:25:49