Don’t worry if you’re not a nature nerd if your fingers are distinctly non-green or if you find plants generally dull. Plants can offer great photographic opportunities to any photographer. Give plants a chance!
If you start thinking about plants and the role they play and our lives, you might find it hard to stop. After all they produce most of the we breathe they provide us with we make clothing and build shelter out of them just to mention a few things; we even print our photos on them!
More relevant to this article though they also inspire us with their alien beauty and comforting stillness to create art.
Why photograph plants?
First of all plants are really convenient subjects. They’re found more or less everywhere and they don’t run or fly off when you approach them. That makes things so much easier!
But being common doesn’t make them boring – there are so many different varieties to choose from they change their appearance with the seasons and the longer you look the more detail you will find. It would be hard to find a more patient (living) subject!
Plants have inspired artists for thousands of years: they’re in the art of the ancient Egyptians and the Chinese. Plants are also a central part of a wide variety of more modern art, such as arabesque, still life paintings, Mapplethorpe’s photography – the list goes on and on.
Some of the most aesthetically pleasing shapes and forms in the world are found in plants.
How to do plant photography
Plant photography is perhaps the easiest kind of photography. All you need is a camera and a plant and you can start your exploration. Yes it really is that easy!
But sure there are some tips that can make your experience more fun and your photographs more unique. The most important thing is for you to open your mind, explore the things you find interesting, and have fun.
Some ideas on what to look for in a plant
Flowers may seem like the obvious thing to photograph when it comes to plants, but these living beings offer so much more than just their reproductive structures. They sure are fine-looking, though!
For me the best plant photos arise when I move beyond just looking at specific parts, and start focusing instead on shapes, textures, and symmetries. Look for interesting patterns in light or texture, experiment with black and white, zoom in and zoom out, find the abstract.
Flowers and Plants currently in bloom and have a go at a bit of creative flower photography. Below you’ll find links to flower photography tutorials with advice on using macro lenses.
Photography is the art application and practice of creating durable images by recording light, Typically a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into gives the optical rendering in color that dominates Western Art. It is a box with, It captured the three color components in a multi-layer emulsion.
When colored photos became the norm, black and white photography was initially, Removing it helps draw the viewer’s focus on the subject and emotion of the image. Yet, flat light can make for a pretty impressive black and white art, where the sight of dark tones creates the impression that every other element