I photographed the photo above of a farmhouse with a wide=angle lens, holding the camera portrait style.
It's important to find an interesting foreground that leads the viewers eye to the main subject, in this case a sprinkling of daisies.
Let the camera work out the shutter speed by setting your camera to aperture priority.
Use a wide depth of field, a high f number.
Several elements have to come together to make a photograph; the subject, the light and of course the composition. Here I'll show you how using perspective in your composition can improve your photography.
I used a similar technique with the photograph of the path and gate above, but this time I used a narrow depth of field, focusing on the gate to throw the background out of focus. This give the photograph a dreamy feel.
Andrew is a woodsman, so I used some branches to lead your eye towards him and his son in the wood he manages. Again a wide angle lens makes the shot.
When I photograph flowers I like to get down to their level.
In the shot below-a group of alliums made the perfect backdrop to the main flower.
This time I used a long lens, a Canon 70-200mm and set the aperture so that the main flower is sharp and the rest are slightly blurred.
I positioned the camera so that all you can see are the colours purple and green.
Uncluttered and simple.
At Chelsea flower show a few years ago this vertical garden by Diarmuid Gavin was displayed with lots of Chelsea Pensioners.
Complimentary colours red and green look great together.
I wanted to show the height of the garden and also highlight the pensioners - I crouched down low to get this shot.
I photographed Jake (below) who is an expert at cloud pruning.
He carried interesting tools and was thoroughly absorbed in showing some gardeners the skills involved.
Everyone was concentrating on what he was doing and no-one paid any attention to me.
This time I used the wide-angle close-up to my main subject.
And finally, have some fun.
Using perspective in composition is a great tool.
Play with your lenses, move around focus on different parts of the shot.
Once you understand how powerful they are you can start to plan what story you want to tell.
As with everything the more you practice the better photos you will take.
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