Photographing Gardens

Glorious garden scenes and eye-catching plants cry out to be photographed, and many keen gardeners heed the call. It’s a response that partly stems from the ephemeral nature of gardens and the certainty that today’s beauty is transitory and, as soon as tomorrow, may change. The garden environment lends itself to four main kinds of pictures — vistas, plant close-ups, still lifes and portraits of pets or people (including children). Each requires a different approach and technique, but whatever the subject matter and however skilful the photographer, images taken outdoors will only be as good as the natural light. Quality of light is absolutely critical — the difference between inspired or insipid shots — but it is an elusive element, forever sought and rarely captured.

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