With spring on the way, there’s nothing more important for me than actually capturing it all in photos. Not only for the pure enjoyment of looking back on it all, but also for practical reasons. How vexing is it when in August, you wish to plant a shrub in a bare spot, but can’t recall exactly where the spring bulbs all were? You gotta document these things.
I’ve discovered a number of wonderful articles and resources online for taking great garden photos, from choosing a good camera, to learning to use it and capturing that perfect shot.
I’ll start with choosing a good pocket camera. Turner Photographics has a very helpful article that shares all the features in a digital camera and what they all do and mean. Since my camera is a bit on the large side and I’m always considering a smaller one to take on the go, this simple rundown of what to look for in a pocket camera was great.
In another article, Mark Turner also shares how to use some of these settings, and his advice on which settings are most effective in which circumstances.
Next, David Perry is one of my favorite garden bloggers, not only because his photography is so stellar, but because his writing is such a perfect blend of funny, thoughtful, insightful and sweet. I loved this poem about loss and letting go, and this post about men and their flowers.
He recently spoke at the Seattle Flower and Garden Show about garden photography, and he was kind enough to share his handouts from that lecture with all of us. He has tips for making the most of your camera and using all the settings, as well as compositional tips for getting the shot you want. Go, read.
Lastly, Studio G has an ongoing series about garden photography from Stacy Bass. Stacy shares how to compose, focus, and capture the best images possible from your garden. The articles have gorgeous photos that illustrate the concepts she teaches perfectly.
Just out of curiosity, what are you all shooting your garden photos with? Is it a simple point and shoot, or a more advanced camera? Do you understand the settings or just click and hope? Let me know in the comments below. (I have a fancypants canon borrowed from a family member, which I use via the click and hope method!)