Plant Photography Basics

Plant photography involves some of the more vibrantly colored and dynamic subjects in the field, creating artwork on film. No two plants or landscapes are alike, even when photographing within the same area. Read on for tips on how to take plant and landscape photos.

It's All about Timing

The same landscape can look different depending on the time of the day. Photographing during the noon hours can produce stark extremes between light and dark areas, making some areas look washed and overexposed with shadowy portions. Consider photographing earlier in the morning or during the afternoon. An alternative is photographing during an overcast day, making the light appear softer.

Location, Location, Location

One of the best reasons for photographing landscapes and plants is that they do not move much. Photographers can pick a spot and an angle, then set up without worrying about any changes in the scenery. Take the time to figure out what part of the landscape or plant to focus on. Decide on where to set up the equipment. Use light equipment, such as a tripod, to allow for easy setup and transfer between one area to another.

Take Lots of Photographs

Bring lots of batteries and memory cards to allow for more images to be captured. See the same plant or scenery from a different viewpoint. Try going nearer, farther or moving around the plant. Consider crouching or taking a shot from above for a unique angle. Get creative. The sun will be moving along, creating interesting shadows.