Words are a tricky thing. Sometimes they can give us the impression that a thing is good or bad, when in actuality just the opposite is true. Ever noticed that? The concept of “negative space” in photography just happens to a perfect example. Used creatively, you can use negative space to compose an amazing photo. Let me explain….
Creating images with a pleasing, creamy background (aka bokeh) helps you – as the photographer – set the mood for your photos. I like to create images that invoke feelings of calmness and serenity. Being in the garden and behind the lens is how I find my zen. Shooting images with a zen vibe is my personal photography style. If you aren’t quite sure what your style is – no worries. The more you shoot and explore your images, the more likely you are to develop a style that you love. For now, let’s delve into creating images with bokeh – you might just find it’s your zen too!
I have exciting news to share! You can see plant + shoot photography tips in a brand new segment on the Central Texas Gardener show! This is the first of 4 helpful segments designed to teach plant lovers how to take better photos. Watch the short clip below on how to frame a garden shot. Leave a comment to let me know what you think!
This week’s show is about designing small, eclectic garden spaces and seed saving. You can watch the whole show here! It’ll be 30 minutes well spent.
Peace and zen,
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.