Nowadays, almost everyone has a camera. It allows us to capture every moment of our lives. Photography of various events and phenomena has become commonplace, which is accompanied by the rapid posting of images on Internet websites or social networks, which makes them available to a huge audience. At the same time, digital cameras become so smart and “fancy” that it seems they are perfectly able to shoot everything you need, just press the shutter button.
But for some reason this does not always happen, and the quality of the pictures often leaves much to be desired. Photos come out blurred, as if faded or too dark, or even “play” unnatural colors. They can be boring, monotonous-in a word, far from the ideal that we have mentally drawn in our heads. Therefore, novice photographers, including those who bought a camera to photograph their garden, very often remain unsatisfied with the results of shooting.
What is the matter, what mistakes are made when shooting gardens and what is garden photography in General? What should a gardener — a novice photographer-pay attention to in order for his pictures to arouse interest and even, perhaps, some envy among friends and acquaintances?
From the outside, it may seem that garden photography is just a kind of landscape photography. In fact, this concept is much broader. And if the garden is a Union of nature, architecture and design, then its photographic record and shooting of individual corners and elements should reflect all these components.
Genres of garden photography in many ways intersect with the main: we can shoot a garden landscape, make a portrait of a plant, taking close-UPS, passing one way or another his image. Shooting somewhere on the summer terrace dried flowers in a vase, we create still lifes. Photo story about the departure of the family on a picnic or a visit to the garden exhibition perfectly fits into the mainstream of the reporting genre. But there is also garden travel photography-reports on landscape travel and exhibitions, Botanical photography, macro photography, allowing you to admire enlarged images of fragments of a flower or insects.
What do you need in order to produce high-quality garden photography? Of course, suitable photographic equipment, but most importantly-special shooting skills. Many complain that they do not have professional photographic equipment for such purposes. Yes, of course, the use of SLR cameras with a set of a whole line of different lenses allows you to solve many problems. However, the possibilities of more affordable modern compact cameras and mirrorless cameras with interchangeable optics are also very wide. But the most important thing-you need to understand that the camera is not shooting, but the photographer. And it is from his skill will depend on the result of the shooting.
I try to talk about all this simply and easily, illustrating the main points with my photos. I hope that my tips will help you create a photo gallery of a variety of images of your favorite garden.