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.

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...
A garden photo is not simply a landscape photograph taken in a garden.  It should communicate something about gardening, something that enlarges the viewer’s understanding and appreciation of gardens This photo of fresh emerging, nearly chartreuse foliage of Rhododendron hyperythrum is a...
"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...

Walks With KonaDog

From my personal Instagram account - my daily walks with my dog Kona. Kona is a mixed Border Collie and Australian Shepherd.  Happiest when out walking.  Me too. She gives me the excuse to use take walks with only my iPhone....
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...

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...

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...