Garden photography tips: how to take professional pictures of plants

Garden photography tips: how to take professional pictures of plants

In our latest Professional Photographer to the Rescue post we share our best garden photography tips for any camera, in any garden! Our quick guide shows you how to compose, expose and how to take professional pictures of plants you can be proud of.

Garden photography tips: how to take professional pictures of plants


Meet our professional photographer

Clive Nichols is one of the UK’s leading flower and garden photographers. He’s been photographing the beauty of the botanical world for more than 20 years and is a judge for the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition. See more of his work at

Meet our our apprentice

Sam Whitton, from Scarborough, works as a graphic designer in York and loves all aspects of picture taking. But he is particularly keen to refine his garden photography.

Technique Assessment

Garden photography tips: setting up your camera

Setting up your camera
Sam was new to high-level garden photography and eager for some tips from a professional. Clive suggested some key criteria to get him going. “It’s always best to keep everything as straightforward as possible. I try to shoot on ISO100 whenever possible for images with maximum quality and minimum noise.

“What is more, I always shoot in RAW so I can tweak images at the processing stage. I use Aperture Priority (Av) mode on my SLR so I can control the depth of field. I also remove my camera strap because it always gets in the way!”


Garden photography tips: what to look for

What to look for
After setting up his camera gear, Sam was a bit spoilt for choice, and not sure where to begin. Clive offered some advice to get him going. “Before you start shooting, you must look for the perfect specimen.

“I’ve often seen a flower or plant from a distance only to discover on closer inspection that it’s not as good as I thought. To take a perfect flower photograph you must choose the best specimen you can 
– look at every bloom or plant closely before setting up and always check that the background complements the subject.”

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Garden photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final garden photography tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day


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