Tips for Photographing Landscaping Beautifully

Photo © Evelia and Randy Sowash

Change is happening all around us, day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month; but, sometimes it is difficult to notice. That’s why we encourage Habitat Network members to get in the habit of regularly photographing their sites, often yards, twice a year. Photographs, taken from the same spot, are an easy and accessible way to notice change overtime. Seeing how much progress you’ve made in your habitat gardening can be really motivating for you, and for others seeking to also make changes to their landscapes.

Tips for photographing your yard

1) Decide on the best location

You want to make sure to capture a nice overview of your yard.

Rule of Thirds

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Try a Unique View

(Like from your porch)

Get Low

Get High

Look for a focal point

Try a special lens

(like fisheye)

2) Decide on the best time to capture your shot

Lighting is critical. Lots of photographers prefer to use the warmer light of the early morning (within an hour or so after sunrise) or late afternoon (within an hour or so of sunset) to make their photos glow. This can be especially effective in landscape shots. Sometimes it is cloudy, and there is nothing to do about that but look on the bright side of the light, diffuse cloud cover (this can really bring out lovely pastel colors, especially with good photo editing).

Near Sunrise

Near Sunset

Bright side of diffuse, cloudy day

3) Don’t be afraid to take lots of photos

In this digital day and age, there is no reason not to try-out a bunch of different shots and see which one works.

4) Consider editing the image to bring out its best qualities

The art of photography doesn’t end the moment you click your shutter button. Try using software or online tools to edit your photograph for the better.




Now you’ve got some ideas for taking great images, get out there and capture your best shot. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, upload it to Habitat Network, and commit to taking the same photo twice a year to help visualize your changing landscape.

Photo Credits: Flickr Creative Commmons – Seedlings Tico, Flowers Thai Jasmine, Autumn Leaves Duncan, Stump Sarah Altendorf, Rule of Thirds, Liz Lawely, Try a unique view porch, Kate Skegg, Get low, Nate Grigg, Get high, Field Outdoor Spaces, Look for an Anchor, Kevin Prichard Photography, Go wide, Extra Medium, Near sunrise, Court Kizer, Near sunset, Chun Kit To, Cloudy, Ard Hesselink, Good, Fixedgear, Ok, Fixedgear, Good, Jack Pearce, Ok, Jack Pearce, Edited, cwphobia