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The Flower Silhouette

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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Recently an editor asked me if I had any bold flowers on black background.  Rather than going through my files looking for something to transform with Photoshop I decided to shoot a new photo.  It's the height of the season after all. Clematis 'Dr. Ruppel' has just coming into full spring glory, twining up into [...]

Autumn Focal Points

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Miscellaneous

Seeing as how most of the Northern Hemisphere is now experiencing autumn at one level or another, I figured it would make this next lesson on garden photography a bit more relevant if I actually show some fall photos.  (Yes, California has fall color too...) The focal point of a picture is its subject, the [...]

Composition 102 – Balance

– Posted in: Garden Photography

Our last lesson, the first of the series in my new e-book, and the most important lesson to remember in creating a good garden photo is to fill the frame of your composition with only those elements that contribute to your story.  A painter doesn't waste canvas, a photographer shouldn't waste space either. OK, using [...]

Fill the Frame

– Posted in: Garden Photography

Since I am the judge this month for our Picture This contest, I am taking the opportunity to expand on my theme - Fill the Frame.   Link to contest entry rules and previous post.  Whether or not you intend to contribute a photo to the contest or just want to take stronger photos you [...]

The Photo Workshop

– Posted in: Garden Photography

I have really been having fun learning how to run the garden photography workshops at San Francisco Botanical Garden.  Each class has become a lesson on one particular theme. You too can learn, by giving yourself an assignment, something to work on - and just do it.  For instance "focal points".  Here, at SFBG we [...]