How easy is it to take great photos these days! Digital cameras are becoming more sophisticated yet simpler to use, and they’re getting cheaper every day.

While all this is great news for professionals and amateurs alike the temptation creeps in to snap photos of anything and literally everything. We’re no longer bound by the limitation of expensive film and developing costs so we cast off our photography inhibitions and click madly knowing that we can always Photoshop it if it doesn’t quite work as expected.

As I’m no expert in photography I’m not about to bore you with my own ideas. However, I will give you a few helpful hints that I have learnt or that I’m in the process of learning.

How to get your foregrounds right – As most garden or landscape photos take in a large scene the composition of your foreground can make a big impact on the final image. Often the foreground can become complicated as we try and capture everything that we’re seeing.

Make some room in the image by focusing in one element and composing it well.
Have an eye for detail – It seems contrary to the last point, and actually…it is. Gardening photos often require close up zoom pictures in order to truly convey what was important about it. The way the light glistens on a water globule hanging precariously from a leaf tip needs to be considered in detail. If not, then the image will be anything but startling and the viewer will miss what you were seeing.

Composition and the Elements of a good garden landscape photo – Here is the critical factor. Composing your photos well will either make them look sensational or create very ho-hum images. In this article, photographer Gloria Hopkins makes these important tips;

  • Don’t center your subject unless doing so strengthens the image;
  • Arrange your scene so objects in the image guide the viewer’s eye around the image. This gives you a small measure of control over how your work is viewed; and
  • Shoot in sidelight to reveal the texture of your subjects and add a 3D feel.

and finally,
Framing is the key – Obviously you won’t be able to capture everything you see in one photograph. So a compromise needs to be made between what is “reality” and what will become your photo reality. Taking a good landscape photo means passing up some of the information your eye can see so that those who see your image will understand the reality that you are trying to portray.

For instance, lets’ assume the photo above of the sunflower harvest has a busy highway to the left of the image. You can see it and you know it’s there but for those who view the photograph it is not part of their “reality”. Therefore the framing technique has been successful.