Each season brings about a complete change in gardens and landscapes up and down the country. Photographs shot from the same spot will look dramatically different in each passing season. Even withered or dying plants an take on an interesting look with the help of a little ice and snow. Clearly spring and summer will produce the most colourful and vibrant images, but the soft brown and red tones of autumn can be equally appealing. A fine winter’s day can produce a crisp, bright image, and a snowy day can produce wonderful forms and shapes as it settles in the garden.
In most photography you will be advised that dawn and dusk are great times to photograph your subject. This is especially true in gardening photography, the soft light and lack of shadows can create a far more impressive image.
This is always advisable to improve stability and prevent any camera shake. It is likely that you will be using a slower shutter speed for this type of photography, therefore the risk of shake is increased.
Plants can often create dramatic images by using backlighting, and reflective surfaces are great for throwing light back into a flower, opening up much more detail and colour.
Although you may have visited specifically to photograph plants, think about the other flora and fauna around you. Even garden ornaments can make a great subject for your photograph.
Try taking your photograph from an unusual angle. It can make the picture more interesting and give you a different perspective.