Photographing Rose Bouquets is excerpted from the forthcoming PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses.  Discounts on the preorder page. I do love photographing roses in the garden. As a gardener I marvel at the beauty of plants in nature and celebrate...
Let's go beyond the basics of photographing roses. In the Rose book I covered photographing roses in gardens, then the hero rose, macros, lighting and composition, and a fun chapter about bouquets. Now I would like to share three advanced techniques that...

Photographing Wildflowers

Long before I ever took a photograph of any plant or flower, I loved botanic illustrations.  In college I worked in a framing shop that specialized in old prints and saw classic old botanic prints by Besler, Catesby, and in...
When an exciting photo presents itself we tend to only see what we want to see.  This is especially true when looking intently at a closeup detail, be it flower, leaf, or fruit - often we don’t see the...
Every garden story needs details and vignettes, especially plant portraits - but the portraits needn't be mug shots. The plants should be "of the garden" and give some sense of connection to it. For a recent Garden As Creative Source workshop with fellow...
I try to treat every garden I visit with a sense of wonder, open to what it reveals, always looking for photographs to present themselves.  In this way the garden teaches us what it is all about, but we must...

Frost in the Garden

For those of you in real winter climates, please humor this Californian who went photo crazy in the garden the other morning when it got all the way down to 24.  Some of you only wish it might get...

Gingko Branch with Camellia

It is such a relief, a release really, when I can stop my crazy schedule and create something new.  Too much of what I seem to be doing these days is looking back at old work, reviewing stock photos...

Composing with Color

On a cool gray autumn day I went looking for color in my garden. I did not expect to see a red hole into another universe.  In fact, I didn't even realize it was there until I contemplated my original picture...
Section 4 of The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops. Both the digital camera and the computer are tools best learned with practice and experience. The more we know about our tools the easier they are to use and to do our...