How to photograph wildflowers in your garden


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Photographing the fragile beauty of wildflowers in meadows is a popular way to get in touch with nature. But did you know that you can take up wildflower photography without even leaving your garden?

Our extensive range of Meadowmat products allows you to turn your garden into a gorgeous miniature meadow that’s full of colourful and delicate flowers! We at the meadowmat blog like to encourage our readers’ artistic sides; that’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for aspiring wildflower photographers who might want to take beautiful pictures of the meadow flowers growing in their own gardens!

1. Pick the perfect time of day

The time of day can affect the quality of the light in your ‘garden meadow’, so you should be careful to choose the perfect time of day for photographing your wildflowers.

Sunrises produce a stunning golden light and long, dramatic shadows, so photographing your wildflowers as the sun comes up can create incredibly dynamic photographs.

sheaves of wheat in a field

Late afternoon shadows can add drama to a photograph.  
These sheaves of wheat were photographed by our Director Fred Hilsden on his farm in Northamptonshire

Sunsets (in comparison), can sometimes have a pink-ish tint; photographing your wildflowers during sunset is a great way to create subdued (yet strangely romantic) photographs.

Cornflower

This bee was photographed visiting cornflowers at midday when colours and contrasts were at their clearest

If you simply wish to capture the undisguised natural beauty of your wildflowers, you should consider photographing them at mid-day, when the light is brightest and most pure.

2. Choose the right angle

If you intend to take a close-up photograph of a wildflower, it’s important to select an angle that will show off the flower to its best effect.

 small girl in wildflower meadow

Whether you are taking close-ups or distance shots, the angle that you take the picture from can change a photo entirely

Try to choose an angle that displays the flower’s unique shape and structure; after all, that’s what makes it so beautiful!

ribwort plantain flower viewed from above

Ribwort plantain is a plain, some would say boring, flower.
But photographed from above it takes on a new and unexpected beauty

3. Clear away debris

There is likely to be a certain amount of both plant debris and personal ephemera in even the best-maintained ‘garden meadow’.

straw hat and garden fork in wildflower meadow

Garden paraphanelia can enhance or detract from a photo

Whether you’re photographing your whole meadow area or just a few specific flowers, it’s important to make sure that the environment looks fantastic; clear away any extraneous debris before taking your photographs so that unwanted objects don’t have a negative effect on the finished photo’s composition.

As we enter the heart of autumn, the weather is starting to turn cooler. The next month may be your last chance to get into your garden and start taking photographs of your wonderful wildflowers before it gets too cold, so why not get out there today and start putting our tips into practice?

Share your pictures with us

We'd love to see your photographs of wildflowers and wildflower meadows.  And we'd love to share them with our website visitors on a gallery page.

If you're proud of your photography skills and would like more people to see your wildflower pictures, please email them to Angela at Meadowmat who will add them to the Meadowmat website.

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