When I think of plants in photography, I think of the fake ficus trees in my childhood studio portraits. I’m sure they had a purpose, but surely, even in those prehistoric times, there was a better way to establish a focal point. Here are some suggestions for effective use of plants in photography.
Ok, let’s tackle the issue of portraits first. The truth is, with advancement in photography equipment and editing software, there is little need for those fake rocks and backdrop-with-a-fence. You can actually go out and find natural setting in which to take those natural pictures. With a reflector to help control light, a professional can do just about anything.
You can use real trees, shadows, real fencing, or even your contemporary garden furniture to draw the eye to your focal point. The natural lighting is an asset, and the pictures look – well – real. The key here is to choose a cloudy day. Full-on sunlight can be harsh can create glare, while clouds create a glow that makes your photos look great.
The general guideline is to take natural setting photos with people actually doing something outside. Don’t go all fakey, but whether they are sitting on a picnic blanket or playing croquet, outdoor activities are a great motif for photos.
Another trend in portrait photography is to move a significant piece of furniture outside and center your photos around that. This is an eye-catching technique that creates some very nice photos. Usually, trees will overhang the photo, or an expansive lawn will form a great foreground.
Garden photography is another growing field of demand. Once again, full-on sunshine is not your best friend. An overcast day will provide plenty of light without glare or sharp shadows, and usually will keep the plants and blooms from wilting. Use a reflector to highlight your shot and help bring out details.
A good macro lens is a necessity if you plan to do flower photography some nice concrete planters will give a nice contrast to your image. This will give you the opportunity to get right down into the “throat” of the flowers and capture the very pollen on the stamen. Depth of field is limited with a macro lens, so you have to be careful to use manual focus. You also need a tripod, because you need absolute control over the camera to avoid blurring.
Plant photography can afford you a whole new experience in your craft. Working with the colours and textures and also different shapes like Square Planters UK can really put you through your paces in dept of field, macro, telephoto, and micro photography, and the uses of filters. Much like any artist must learn to sketch and paint still-lifes, the photographer must work with plants and flowers to learn to appreciate the three-dimensional aspect of images.
Through photographing plants, you can learn about the benefits of background, and how to manipulate it to create various effects.
Finally, plants don’t get tire and fussy, or have to take potty breaks when you are working. You can improve your photography by working with plants.