Fancy yourself as a garden photographer? World-renowned garden photographer Richard Bloom (, offers the following tips on how to get the best out of the outdoor world on camera. After all, nature photography is one of the more socially distant and safe pastimes in the current climate.

Garden photography tips

Find the light

Finding the light, garden photography
(Richard Turner/PA)

The best light for garden photography is early morning or evening on a sunny day, ideally within the first hour of sunrise or last before sunset, when the sun is low and the light is soft and golden.


Aim from the side

A picture of a city from the side
(Helen McLain/’PA)

Compose the scene with the light coming into it from the side or backlit rather than straight on. This will help to create mood, contrast and depth to the image.

Shoot for diagonals

A low ground shot of garden photography
(Leo Justice/PA)

Including diagonals creates both depth and drama. If a garden has a path or stream running through it, find an angle where these elements are arranged diagonally so the eye travels through the image from foreground to background.

Consider unusual perspectives

Photograph from low down or from high up. Plant portraits and close-ups are often best from a low angle, depending on the plant.

Capture colours

The best conditions for recording colour in the garden is when it’s cloudy or early or late in the day, as colours appear more saturated when the light is diffused.

Best-selling garden photography books

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

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Garden Photography Workshop: Expert Tips and Techniques for Capturing the Essence of Your Garden
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  • English (Publication Language)
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The Art of Garden Photography
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  • English (Publication Language)
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Creative Garden Photography: Making Great Photos of Flowers, Gardens, Landscapes, and the Beautiful...
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  • English (Publication Language)
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The Photographer in the Garden
  • Hardcover Book
  • Jamie M. Allen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
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Dreamscapes: Inspiration and beauty in gardens near and far
  • Hardcover Book
  • Claire Takacs (Author)
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Last update on 2021-09-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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