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Spring is a fantastic time of year to be outdoors with a camera or your smartphone as nature is bursting with so much energy and colour. A walk in the woods in springtime will reveal a myriad of wild flowers, our gardens and parks will have plenty of subjects to photograph too.

Nowadays with our phones we are all photographers, but what makes one photograph really stand out from the others? The answer to that is there is no single correct way to photograph flowers, however, certain elements do have to be taken into consideration to make that shot stand out from the crowd.

Firstly before you start, in your cameras settings, select the highest possible resolution. This is also the same if you are using your phone. This will give you clearer detail in your images, enabling the image to be used larger without signs of blurriness or noise.

Time of day is an important consideration when taking your photographs, the early bird really does catch the worm! Harsh midday sun makes most subjects look unflattering. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times of day as the light is warmer, less harsh and the colours of the plants look richer. Mornings also tend to be more still, flowers are hard to photograph when they are moving around too much. Windy days are the toughest to photograph flowers on, unless you choose to use the blur creatively with a slower shutter speed.

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Weather. Most people are surprised to hear that overcast days can be very beneficial for garden and flower photography. This is because clouds act as a perfect light diffuser, creating even lighting and saturation without the worry of harsh highlights or shadows.

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Consider your subject before rushing to photograph it. Walk around and see what you are drawn to, see how the light plays on the flowers. Think about your composition, how is the subject going to fill the frame? Backlit flowers will always look good if the petals are translucent as it accentuates the colours of the petals, giving off a luminesence and showing off the patterns. Don`t be afraid to try out different angles, getting down to the same height as a flower is very effective, or look up to flowers from below them.

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The background of your photograph is very important as untidy, busy, cluttered backgrounds destroy a shot as the viewers eye gets distracted away from the subject. If there are shadows use them to make the flower stand out, or move in closer to the subject.

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For close ups we would always recommend the use of a tripod, they allow you to frame the flower perfectly and keep the image sharp. A tripod also allows you better control over the depth of field in the shot. Remember to really look at the flower to see it is free of blemishes or missing petals.

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If you do hand hold your camera, as a very general rule of thumb with a standard lens 1/60th of a second is the minimum shutter speed to use, with longer lenses such as a 200mm look around 1/250th of a second to avoid camera shake. For checking correct exposure always check your histogram not the LCD preview.

Rain can also add to your spring flower photography, April showers can add beautiful raindrops to your photographs giving a clean fresh feel.

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Finally break the rules, experiment and have fun, try out new angles and backgrounds, you might be surprised with the results you obtain.

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The photograph above is an Allium 'Purple Sensation' photographed against the sun and post processed in Lightroom.

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Try out different processes such as black and white such as the photograph above of a tulip which was photographed with a macro lens.

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Finally when photographing wildflowers be careful not to tread on other flowers and leave them just as you found them for insects and others to enjoy.

If you are on Instagram tag us with #GPGHQ we would love to see your Spring flower photographs.

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After a long winter with lockdowns spring is finally springing away and flowers are starting to raise their sleepy heads and feeding the pollinators after their winter sleep. We all love a beautiful bunch of flowers in our homes, especially ones that are locally grown and who hasn't witnessed the rise in cut flower farm businesses, lessening the environmental impact of importing flowers from overseas. Flowers of course are seasonal, but it is possible to have flowers in your home all year round.

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This continues with the design trend of 2020 into 2021 of bringing more of nature inside the home living and work space, whether it be a bold statement piece of wall art such as 'Dahlia: Pat and Perc' above or smaller framed prints like the 'Spring Garden' below.

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As we tentatively prepare to have family and friends back in our homes once lockdowns end, I'm sure I am not the only one who has really looked at my interiors and made big changes to how they look and feel.

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There has also been another big trend over the last year to have clear outs and make our living spaces simpler, clutter free, clearer and to be much more bolder with colour to reflect your personality.

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With all those business, family and friends Zoom calls and Facetime, who isn't tired of seeing bookcases! Why not make a big statement with your wall art.

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Stephen Studd

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I thought I would introduce myself to those who do not know me, as the face behind the Garden Photography Gallery. I am a freelance garden, travel and landscape photographer based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. I first started out in photography when I was a teenager and my first Super 8 film was a memorable one as a child, 30 seconds with the lens cap on, I still have that cinematic debut.

HOW IT STARTED

I caught the photography bug after developing a film and printing it in an art class at school, from that moment I decided that I was going to be a photographer.


THEN

After gaining a 2:1 Honours Degree in Photography and Film at the London College of Printing and then working as a photographer's assistant and for 5 years in darkrooms, I went freelance as a travel and landscape photographer. My photography career has taken me to stunning locations around the world and is packed full of adventure, including hanging out of helicopters photographing over places such as Angkor Wat and the Maldives with a 6x7 format Mamiya RZ camera, now that's a buzz and way before drones.

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In 2005 I switched, as most professional photographers did then, to digital and that was a whole new steep learning curve, but as a photographer you have to constantly adapt. 

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Ten years ago I received a commission to photograph herbs for a book 'The Medicine Garden' by Rachel Corby which sent me off in a whole new direction and from the moment I started that book commission I never looked back.
My father had always been a fantastic gardener and had the greenest of fingers, which were inherited from my grandfather who had been a head gardener on a large private estate in Leeds and also had an allotment, which was visited regularly on the way home from school in raspberry and pea seasons. I now have an organic allotment with my wife which we took over in 2003 where the lineage continues.


AND NOW
Before the pandemic struck I divided my time between running small group photo tours, workshops & 1:1's with running my photography business
Stephen Studd Photography photographing travel, landscape, garden and commercial photography for books, magazines, online media and private commissions. My sole income is through photography and has been for more than 30 years, winning numerous awards along the way, including the photograph of a giant carrot for IGPOTY below.

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When the pandemic struck I was in Vietnam and had to curtail a trip to Hong Kong and fly back to the UK and go in to quarantine for 14 days, travel was not possible for the last year and so out of this the Garden Photography Gallery was born. Over the years people have often asked whether my photography was for sale as prints. I have had exhibitions of my work where I sold prints and if someone has enquired I have sold them, but being away from home so much I had never really found the time to start this side of my business, until now. 

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On this new website you can now shop for premium quality photographic prints, framed prints, acrylic and canvas prints and a range of FSC certified greetings cards all of them produced here in the UK.

SO WHAT MAKES ME BUZZ

Photography will always be my passion also my organic allotment and garden along with travel, add-venture, eclipse chasing, moon bathing, getting away in my VW campervan discovering new places and an obsession with collecting vintage metal watering cans. 

IN THE GARDEN

My garden is forever changing and is full of medicinal and culinary herbs and edibles that aren't grown on the allotment alongside plants that take me back to places that I have travelled, favourites of which are my bamboo's and acer collections. On the allotment we grow everything no-dig and organic and we love to grow heritage vegetables and produce that you can't buy in the local market or supermarket.

FUTURE PLANS

My aim is to have the Garden Photography Gallery as the place to visit for contemporary garden photography. There will be guest photographers each quarter showcasing their photography, with prints and wall art available to purchase. I will also be inviting guest bloggers from the wonderful world of horticulture to contribute, as well as having lots of behind the scenes of the business here on the blog.

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BEYOND THE LENS

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The Garden Photography Gallery was born from an idea I had during lockdown in 2020. I wanted to create a gallery space where I could introduce and showcase both new and established garden photographers and bloggers to a wide audience through this website. My goal is to have the Garden Photography Gallery as the place to visit for contemporary flower and garden photography, a place of visual inspiration and insights. There will be a guest gallery each quarter, where a photographer's work is showcased and we will also have guest bloggers throughout the year.

As a photographer for 30+ years I have a passion for photography and visual imagery. In lockdown we decided to completely restyle our home and I revamped my office, so my business idea was birthed from this, to produce stylish collections of wall art for your interior spaces and to make sets of FSC certified greetings cards, all with the main focus on quality and made here in the UK.  

New images will be added each month and this blog updated regularly, keep checking in and follow our organic growth.

Thank you for reading this today: Stephen Studd - Founder of the Garden Photography Gallery

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