Garden Photography Tips That Will Let You Click “Wow” Photos

February 14, 2022

There’s more to garden photography than casually clicking pictures of flowers and greens.

You might be having a photography page on Instagram (or looking to start one) and considering how to take amazing shots. 

Guess what? This article can be a game-changer! We have mentioned useful and simple tips you can use to level up your garden photography. 

Don’t believe us? Read this article till the end and find out yourself!

Keep Your Subject in Focus

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While doing flower photography in the garden, it might be tough to focus on taking close-range shots. By changing your camera lens’s DoF (depth of field), you can achieve this. 

Use Single Point Focus 

Are you struggling to take flower photographs because of your camera lens’s shallow depth of field? Try using single-point focusing on pinpointing exactly which part of the subject you want in focus.

Use Focus Stacking

If you are shooting from a very close distance, you might struggle with blurry images. In this case, you can use the focus stack technique to take photos from different focus distances. You then create a single sharp image by stacking these images together. 

Don’t Buy A Macro Lens

Skip macro lens if you are on a tight budget. Your garden photography can still be amped up by replacing bellows and extension tubes. You can get these items for far less than a macro lens and can do wonders for your photo quality. You can also use backdrops to click stunning garden photos. 

Minimize Shake

Are you photographing your beautiful garden on a windy day? Even a slight breeze could throw off your focus, so keep your hands as steady as possible. You can use a tripod to minimize shaking of the camera and trigger your shutter using a remote to reduce camera shake.  

Try Different Perspectives 

Try doing more with your garden photography than just taking eye-level shots. One way to do it is to shoot from a higher angle for a top photo of your garden. You can go lower and lay down on the ground for some unique shots. 

Fill Flash

The best time to take garden photos is before or after sunrise. But if you can’t do that, you can use an external flash to add light. Pop-up light might blow out your exposure, so avoid using that. 

Check the Background 

When taking garden photos, you want your subject to stand out. To make this happen, you must use simple backdrops. You can also blur the background a little bit to enhance the presence of your subject in the frame. 

Imagine Portraits

Placing garden elements like flowers and shrubs in the frame can be challenging at times. Here’s a trick – try to think of them as human heads. This will help you imagine your pictures as portraits and help you with composition. 

Include Surrounding Elements

Why not liven up your garden photos with butterflies, bugs, and other natural elements? You might find bugs hovering over flower beds or interacting with flowers. If you can’t find any critters, try baiting them with sugar water spray. 

Try Indoor Photography

If you are new to this photography niche, it’s a good idea to take some shots indoors first. This way, you avoid dealing with all the variables of shooting outdoors, and you can perfect your camera work better. Bring in many flowers and leaves and experiment with your lighting inside. 

Photograph Fields

Try shooting a whole field instead of capturing a small garden part to practice looking at the bigger picture. You can use a wide-angle lens and don’t have to worry about a macro lens. 

Final Words 

We hope our long list of garden photography tips and tricks will come in handy for your next photo session. 

Keep creating! 

Photo credit: By Danny Tisdale.

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