Jardinage.net - Photograph your garden like a pro For Bert Klassen / Adapted by Julie Dansereau

June 21th 2013 2613 views

Photograph your garden like a pro For Bert Klassen / Adapted by Julie Dansereau

A little know-how and technique make the difference between pictures of garden without interest and clichés breathtaking.

If you have ever you rush to the garden to take a picture - believer at the height of her beauty - and be very disappointed to view images with the colors washed out, do not despair. Whichever device you use, traditional or digital, here's how to increase your chances to capture the true colors of your flowers.

The light
To photograph the garden, the light - or more precisely the quality of it - is likely the most important factor. She is responsible for the atmosphere, the ambiance, and determines the value of the tones and shades printed on photographic paper or on the screen.

The most common error on the moment of the shooting. Conducted between 9 am and 17 pm under the burning rays, while the colors of the flowers seem vibrant and enjoyable, photos turn out completely faded by the excessive brightness when viewed. In this same logic, the dark areas appear even darker and darker, which generates a contrasting effect too.

In good weather, the best time to capture images of your garden is early morning, during the two hours after sunrise: the landscape is quiet and calm, ragaillardies plants by cool nights, the gentle and oblique light . You will reap miracles. Place your goal so that your subject is illuminated obliquely or even from the back, without leaving a light beam directly entering the lens. The few hours before sunset also offer a beautiful light, like that in the morning, except during a heat wave where heat gives plants a shabby appearance.

Cloudy days are also very prone shots, because the light is equal and uniform, which enhances the brightness of the colors in the pictures. The contrast is reduced, it is possible to capture the areas that would otherwise be located half and half to the sun shade.

The composition
Take time to walk around your garden before you put your camera involved. Choose carefully the places that reflect the best of its beauty. When you look through the viewfinder, imagine what you see as a painting and quietly move the camera to find the best table, the one that will be worth a thousand words. Once the ideal composition found, do not move, and gently press the shutter button.

For unusual perspectives, please enter your flowerbeds.

Overviews can be received from the patio, terrace, balcony or the window of the first floor.

Lawns generally occupy much space and offer little of visual interest. To lessen the impact, enhance slightly the level of your camera, move closer to your subject (people tend to want to include everything in a single image) or brighten up your item composition, structure attractive.

Ask knees on the ground to make more close-up pictures or show a scene from another angle.

The gardens can be photographed in any season, even in the rain or after a snowfall.

To give a fair idea of ​​the proportions, it is recommended to incorporate into your compositions of your family or your pets. Once all these people together in the garden, why not take the opportunity to make a family photo which you will use as a greeting card in the upcoming holiday season ?.

Technical information
Whether you use a traditional or digital camera, the shutter speed (indicated by the letters ISO) most used are 100, 200 and 400, the latter being best suited to different situations and different types of light.

However, if you plan to enlarge your images to a size larger than the standard size (13 cm x 18 cm), it is recommended to set your device to a lower speed. Thus, your colors will be more clear and precise.

Remember, however, that the presence of low light, the speed of ISO 100 may give slightly blurry images if you tend to move around a bit by pressing the shutter button. Using a tripod can remedy this problem.

Finally, once you have access to your photos, write them relevant information (names of plants, seasons, etc.) or the back of the printed images, or using your computer program. And do not hesitate to eliminate bad: they will never say that you would have liked them to say. Ten good pictures of your garden more impress with dozens of failed photographs. So do not wait: get out fast and take pleasure in immortalize your work.


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