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...
Just as plants are the core of a garden, they are also the core of garden photography. At least that’s the case for those of us in the PhotoBotanic Workshops, where we celebrate plants. When we photograph plants, we need...

3.5 Finding A Theme

When faced with overwhelming choices in a beautiful garden, it is almost essential for garden photographers to give themselves a target, an assignment. While it is a pure delight to wander around a wonderful garden, drinking in its beauty and...

3.4 Using the Light

In this lesson, I want you to bring light into your photo. Celebrate light by using it to your advantage. Begin by re-reading Lesson 1.3 in the first section on Good Light. Remember that, “learning how to read the quality...