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10 Tips for Photographing Your Garden

Professional advice for snapping artful pictures.

En español | Summer is winding down, and soon many gardeners will be putting their plots to bed until spring. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep enjoying your plants and flowers, with a little help from your camera. In fact, nearly every phase in the year-round cycle of a garden landscape — flowers gone to seed, leaves changing to radiant colors before dropping to the ground, bare branches with sculptural forms — can make for interesting photos.

Photographs will preserve blooms longer than drying them would, and they’ll make more practical mementos, too. You might enlarge a couple of shots and frame them, or choose a few you’re proud of and print them on card stock to use as stationery or holiday cards.

Photographers Alison Parks-Whitfield and Susan Teare offer tips on how to create more than just another ho-hum shot:
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