Photography Tips

Tips for great garden photos

Good photos do not require a DSLR camera, the kind with interchangeable lenses. It just requires a little careful composition, attention to detail and maybe a little adjustment and cropping after. So here are some tips I read online that might help you.

Tip #1 Composition is everything. Taking the photo means you were there to push a button, and sometimes that works fine. But to have a really great photo you need some composition. Several cameras these days have a grid overlay to let you use the “Rule of Thirds”. Use the grid to position the focus or dynamic portion so that it falls into one- or two-thirds of the screen. Play with the interest being somewhere other than dead center.

How to make grid lines visible on your phone:

  • iPhone: go to Settings/Photos & Camera and make sure that the Grid switch is turned on.
  • Android: turn the grid on and off using the tool menu, found in the lower left of the camera screen.

Tip #2 Where’s your focus. Make sure that the point of your image is obvious, make sure IT’S in focus! Most users use auto focus so sometimes it gets tricky to get the actual subject in focus. You can experiment with different settings on you camera, check your manual for which ones would work best.

Also remember all lenses have a minimum distance they can focus, usually around 6-8 inches. If you really want a portrait shot with a short depth-of-field, back off and zoom in. This will shorten your focal plane and drop out the background.

On your phone, tap the screen in the area you want to focus to control your auto focus.

Tip #3 Put a little effort into the shot. Drive by shootings are inevitable sometimes but not the best way, nor is the shooting from whatever height you were happened to be born with.

  • Sometime you have to move around, check all angles.
  • Lay down on the ground and shoot up, feel the grass on your tummy (and sometime the mulch). Or get on a ladder and shoot down.
  • You aren’t wasting film anymore shoot horizontal and vertical.
  • Step back for a wider angle or move in for a closer one.

More to come…