General Guide to Photographing Plants


What Good Plant Photos Should Have 3

  • Closeup of the leaves
  • A shot of the whole plant if possible
  • Berries or flowers if there are any
  • For trees, close-up of bark is also helpful

A photo that is really blurry and does not have any detail of leaves, flowers, buds or is too far way to make out the details may make it too hard to identify.

Even though those beautuful shots that show a section of bush with many plants are great, putting up a photo of that and asking for an id is not a good idea because more than one plant could be in the photo. As the first photo at the top shows, there are at least 3 different trees there.

Cropping Your Photos 3

Sometimes it is not possible to get close to a plant to get a good photo so this is where cropping comes in.

Instead, choose the plant you want to ID and crop the photo so that it is just of that plant. Make sure you save the photo with a different name so that you do not loose the original shot. The second photo above shows the tree towering above the canopy while the third photo is a crop from that photo, detailing the leaves.

The 4th photo show the flowers of the akeake, with the last photo being a close up crop of the previous photo..

Tweaking Photos 3

Check out the General Guide for Tweaking Photos for tips on how to:

  • Sharpen photos
  • Lighten photos
  • Fix washed out photos
  • Crop Photos

    Other Photo Guides 3

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