I’m a firm believer that we can all create beautiful images of our gardens, regardless of the type of camera we use. Sure, a bag full of lenses, filters, and expensive digital equipment plus a computer with the fanciest editing software will help, but you can also make pictures that look lovely straight out of the camera.
On June 12 at 5:30 pm, I will host a workshop in the PHS McLean Library to discuss how to photograph your gardens. After a brief introduction (and some wine and cheese!) and a slideshow of some of my favorite shots from my gardens and the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, we’ll venture out to Logan Square to try some of my tips for better pictures. While I don’t want to give it all away in this post, here’s one tip I want you to try this weekend:
Change your perspective.
That’s it. Look at your garden differently by standing on a step stool, kneeling on the ground, or shooting from an upstairs window. By varying your perspective, you literally see your garden differently and your pictures will be more interesting. Imagine lying on your back, breaking the “rules” by shooting toward the early morning sun streaming in from behind your just-opening peonies. Now that’s an interesting picture! Sometimes it’s just being in the right place at the right time to see the perfect kind of light, drops of dew on a petal, or butterfly on a blossom. For example, as I sat on my porch one morning–camera in hand–the scene below happened. I didn’t want to make too much noise or movement, but was able to get a few quick shots of this unlikely pair at the platform feeder.
If you’d like to participate in my workshop, you can register here. Don’t forget to bring your camera along. The fee is $18 for members and $23 for nonmembers. I look forward to meeting you!