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Tips for photographing roses 9: it’s not all about your camera

“To write a great novel, you need a really expensive pen, right?”

I’ll always remember David Perry saying this as he began his talk to a group of garden writers who were keen to become better photographers. 950 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 8: always go straight back

If you drive past what looks at first glance appears to be a wonderful or very unusual shot, do yourself a favour – turn round, go straight back and capture it. 188 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 7: the golden hour

Take advantage of the best light by taking pictures early or late in the day. I’ve heard garden photographers rave about the diffused light of misty mornings, but they’ll also tell you that the perfect light is surprisingly rare. 368 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 6: not all roses are equal

I’m sorry to have to say this, especially as we think of roses as beautiful flowers, but I believe that some varieties are just more photogenic than others. 494 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 5: experiment with the format

It’s the most obvious of all tips, but from time to time, turn your camera round. Looking through Flickr, I’m always surprised that so many amateur flower photographers take virtually all their pictures as landscapes. 730 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 4: choose your subject wisely

Rose blooms can be pretty variable. Take the time to pick the flower you like most, or try photographing several. If you would have expected all the roses on a single plant to be exactly the same, you’re in for a surprise.  627 more words

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Tips for photographing roses 3: work with nature, not against it

Ever seen a field of yellow sunflowers in an open field in Tuscany, all obediently facing the same way? It’s a beautiful sight, though it always looks a little eerie to me – such clear proof of the irresistible pull of the sun. 660 more words

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