When I started my journey in photography, I thought bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay) referred to the beautiful blurred spheres of light present in some outdoor photos. While images with bokeh may have these lovely spheres, bokeh is the soft, out of focus background that is visible in the image. I love this creative style! If you do too, I can show you how to create a beautiful bokeh background in your garden photos.
Framing, or creating a frame within a frame, is a simple composition tool you can use to make your garden photos really stand out. And that’s what you want, right? Think of an actual picture frame. The sides of the frame surround an image to give it definition and draw in the viewer’s eye. You can use trees, leaves, flowers, people, fences, archways, windows, doors or almost any other natural or architectural element to frame the subject in your image and draw attention to it.
I hope you haven’t been shying away from learning about shutter speed, because it is by far the easiest concept to grasp in the three-legged exposure triangle. Shutter speed affects exposure and subject motion. Aperture and ISO are the primary settings I adjust to control exposure. I only tweak shutter speed when I want to control subject motion. So in my mind the gist of shutter speed is really as simple as knowing whether you want to stop motion in your images, or if you want to blur motion. That’s it! Seriously.
Thanks so much for your positive feedback on the first post in my Brave Manual Mode series! I’m happy to see so many of you creating images with your subject in focus, just the way you want it. Let’s build on your momentum by adding another element of the exposure triangle to your photography toolshed – ISO.
When you’re new to garden photography, there’s nothing you want more than to capture stunning images. Applying a few simple composition basics can help you do just that! As gardeners, we mainly shoot in natural settings without access to backdrops, lighting gear, umbrellas and other props common in many photography genres. No problem! Learn how to use what is already in your scene to compose a great shot. If there are rocks, fences, a row of trees or a path near your subject, use it to spice up your photo. Here’s how…..
I started shooting in manual mode on November 16th 2017. It’s a milestone I remember well because I was so afraid to get off auto mode! Auto mode was a safe space that allowed me to take decent pictures with very little knowledge. Turning the dial to ‘M’ meant coming face to face with all the things I did not know about photography. But since I took that leap, I have not looked back. Shooting in manual mode is such a rush! Learning the basics, shooting every day and creating good photos is an incredible feeling. But of all the concepts that stumped me at the beginning, aperture and depth of field (DOF) were the hardest for me to grasp. So that’s where I want to start in this Brave Manual Mode series and hope that I can help you switch to manual mode faster than I did.