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…..
There’s a simple composition tool called leading lines that can really add spice to your photos. Leading lines are both suggestive and physical. Leading lines are composed of physical objects that lead the viewer’s eye toward a subject via the power of suggestion. There isn’t a pointing finger or a sign that reads “Look here”, yet the viewer’s eye follows the lines leading to the focal point of the image. Leading lines can add visual interest to your garden photos. Many different objects can create leading lines such at buildings, arches, windows, shorelines, and practically anything that is aligned in a row.
I captured the photo below in a private garden in Austin, TX during this year’s 10th Annual Garden Bloggers Fling. Limestone is naturally occurring in Austin and I was pleasantly surprised to see many homeowners and landscapers creatively incorporated it into their garden designs. The limestone in this scene was used to lead the viewer’s eye to the strikingly beautiful agave at the top of the image.
I love Saliva, especially purple varieties like East Friesland. Right now it’s blooming beautifully in my garden. We recently had a hard rain that gave my plants a real beating. I lay down on the ground and used the rock border to lead you to the downed Salvia branches.
I grow vegetables in raised beds because it’s more comfortable for my back. The edges of the wooden beds serve as a nice lead in to my kale and lettuce that need to be harvested. To capture this image, I sat my camera on the edge of the bed which served as a leading line and a source of balance for my shaky hand.
Hope you found this guide helpful! Give leading lines a shot and come back to leave a comment to let us know if it made a difference in your photos.
Peace and zen,