5 Tips to Photographing Your Local Botanical Garden
by Alan Winslow – July 25th, 2018
Gardens are in full bloom and photographers are grabbing their gear and heading outside to capture the beauty of plants in full bloom. The team here at X-Rite loves color, we’re all Color Perfectionists, so we’re overly excited to break out of the offices and get outside to make images. We took a trip to the local botanical garden and came up with some tips to photographing in this space.
Tip 1: Remember to include people
The last thing most photographers think about is photographing people when they set out to work in a botanical garden. In fact, most of the time we try everything we can to avoid people by going at off times, or in less populated areas. However, sometimes people can perfectly balance a frame or add an exciting component to what would be a stagnant image.
Tip 2: Spend a lot of time with one plant
Photographers are always talking about working the scene and not leaving until they have the shot. The same practice goes for photographing plants. Find one that you love and spend some quality time with it. Photograph it at all different angles, wait for the light to change, get close to one particularly interesting part then step away. In this exercise, you are slowing down, pushing your creativity and experimenting, if you’re getting bored of the subject stay a little longer. Hopefully, in post-production, you will have an image or a series of images implementing new alternative compositions.
Tip 3: Explore
Often photographers are drawn to the gardens in full bloom or with the highly manicured species. Get away from the crowds. Produce some alternative images by exploring the lesser known or visited areas of the garden. Incorporate fences, buildings, and other regularly cropped out subjects to add depth, dimension, and irregularity to your imagery.
Tip 4: Black and White
Experiment with black and white toning, even when a flower or plant is vibrant. Remember, that every color hue is going to translate into a shade of grey. Pay close attention to capturing the color well even if you intend on converting it.
Tip 5: Control your color workflow
Always bring your X-Rite ColorChecker Passport to the shoot and photograph it every time the light shifts for proper color balance. For this trip, we ended up photographing the ColorChecker three times and building three profiles in Lightroom. Ensuring that your color is accurate means more vibrant color and better separation in your black and white toning. It only takes a couple of seconds to capture the image when you’re shooting. Then you have the image to build your profile or just tune up your white balance in your raw workflow.
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