Dawn in the Desert

The best way to get great photos is simply to go get them.  Put yourself in the right place at the right time. Clambering up a ridge to get a distinct vantage point pays off here in the Creosote Bush...
Poppies

Poppy Perspective

I am delighted to have another Better Photos with Any Camera workshop at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a wonderland dedicated to California native plants. To take better photos, understand what you are seeing and let the camera tell that story.  There...
The Anza-Borrego desert in California is in the midst of a superbloom wildflower display. Just what sort of special gear does a photographer pack for a once in a lifetime trip ?  Well for sure, I pack extra batteries since...

A Brighter Sky

Whenever there is sky in the frame it is so easy to let the camera meter fool the photographer. The camera meter reads the entire scene and comes up with an average exposure.  But when there is bright sky (or...

Magnolia, Pruned

Every winter, I seem to wait on pruning my trees until winter is almost over. And now the Magnolia has started to bloom. I really do enjoy pruning, and every tree is a different piece of sculpture that changes with...

Seeing Shapes in Succulents

Succulents are one of the most photogenic of plants groups. The leaves are bold and graphic, arranged in geometric patterns, creating strong shapes. Gardens with mature succulents can be a candy store for a photographer.  One of the very best...

How to Photograph Roses

The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses is finally published ! Coming from thirty years of garden photography and eight rose books, distilled here in 92 pages of tips and techniques, the ebook is available for the bargain price of $14.95. Discount...
Winter in California's summer-dry climate is very different from the rest of the country. It is a robust time in gardens as winter rains kick plants into their growing season. It is a great time to visit San Francisco Botanical...

Favorite Photos 2016

It's 2017, time to clean up all those photo files, and reminisce on favorite photos of 2016. If you are a photographer, now is the time to put your files in order. It's winter, you are not shooting much, and spending...

Be Alert to Backgrounds

One of the pleasures of winter for a garden photographer is reviewing photo shoots from earlier in the year and being transported back in time. I have a very poor memory for most things, but my visual memory is excellent...