Library

Contributors to PhotoBotanic have this special section of password protected content, personal tips from Saxon Holt of how certain photos were created, and quirky observations of gardens.

Looking for Photos

Come in to my garden this early California spring while I look for photos: Some days you just know the garden wants to be photographed but can’t quite find the photo or don’t know quite where to start. The first and...

Too Much Fun

It was spring. I knew my Ribes sanguineum was crying out to be photographed.  A siren song really.   She beckoned and seduced me away from the solitude of a day indoors, her charms naked and ripe for the...

Point of View – Belly Shots

What's the point of a photograph ? I ask this question every time I click the shutter. Why am I taking this picture in this moment and what am I trying to say ? This is one of the...

Whimsy and Provocation

Stop the presses ! We interrupt the regularly scheduled garden photography lessons to bring you some breaking news.  While writing a lesson in The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop, controversy erupted. Provocation in the world of gardens and art !  National scandal...
"Why is a tripod so important when stabilization is built into many cameras and lenses ?" asked a student at a recent workshop. I always ask my students to bring tripods to our photography workshops and stabilization is not the...

Fill the Frame Basics

A major theme for good garden photo composition is - Fill the Frame.  The great Magnum photographer Robert Capa said "if you photos are not good enough, you are not close enough." Filling your frame is fundamental to your composition. Think...

O the Joy

Office work has been unrelenting, but last Saturday, with an impending storm I could no longer put off fertilizing my rhododendron garden. It began as a chore and instantly became ecstatic. O the joy! Thanks Walt Whitman. As I walked...