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….
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,
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…..