Plant Photography Tips – How To Take Good Photos Of Plants

Person Taking A Picture Of A Field Of Red Flowers
(Image credit: Remains)

It used to be that hiring a professional photographer was the way to go if you wanted good photographs, but with the advent of the cell phone everyone became a professional. This means we can all take pictures of our flowers and veggies to our hearts’ content. It also means we could all benefit from some plant photography tips. Read on to learn more.

How to Photograph Plants

It would seem that moving targets such as pets and kids would be more difficult to photograph than plants, and they generally are, but getting the right shot of your prized dahlia might be tougher than you think. 

The trick is to take the shot from a different angle or focus on an entirely surprising area of the dahlia. Instead of taking a straight shot of the flower head, maybe take a shot from the side or just focus on the pistil, the center of the flower. Seed pods, bark and leaves are also areas to focus on. Close up shots often show an entirely different visage, sometimes unrecognizable. 

Professional plant photographers often shoot a subject from a low depth field which transforms said subject into the realm of the abstract. Low depth of field is the art of photographing lines and shapes rather than the literal object. 

Experiment and take plant pictures at different times of the day. The crack of dawn not only lends different lighting, but overnight dew can make photos of plants something magical. 

Get Creative

Plant photography is anything but boring. There are a myriad of different colors and textures to focus on, and unique combinations make for better plant pictures. Incorporate other items from nature into photos of plants -- for instance the roughness of bark mulch or softness of moss. 

When taking photos of plants, get down and dirty. Don’t be afraid to crawl around on your belly to get the perfect shot. Nature in all its perfect imperfection isn’t always conveniently situated, but it is in the right spot at the right time. And that time is now, so go get that shot, even if you have to become a contortionist to do so!

Amy Grant

Amy Grant has been gardening for 30 years and writing for 15. A professional chef and caterer, Amy's area of expertise is culinary gardening.