One of the most popular images in all of bud photography is that of outdoor buds. Whether you are looking at pictures of indoor orchids or photos of outdoor herbs and ferns, you will find a multitude of beautiful photos. When I am choosing an image to focus on for my garden or scrapbook, pictures of outdoor buds are my first choice. And I love the simplicity of these images as well. They are expressions of a simpler time, a time when people just enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors without the worries of insects and unwelcome strangers.
Of course, one of the joys of growing and maintaining a garden is that you can take pictures of outdoor buds to share with friends and family. Perhaps a close friend has an outdoor herb garden. Ask her what her favorite picture of flowers is and show it to your family. You might even get a referral from her to go and purchase a flower or two herself. The point is to enjoy the flowers you are in charge of taking pictures of and be able to pass on the joy to others.
So how do you find pictures of outdoor buds ready for harvest? What resources do you have available? How do you know what to choose and how much of the project is going to be your own doing? These are questions you should consider and address before you start your project.
Start by collecting your favorite flowers. This may mean visiting your local gardening store, searching through the local ads, or checking online at Yahoo, Google, and eBay. If you live in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, your favorite flowers will grow out of season. If not, you can always try a fake sun rather than spend a lot of time and money trying to keep your indoor flowers alive. This is a great way to avoid spending money you don’t have on artificial lights.
Choose the most appealing plant for your photo shoot. Get a few sets of photos of various heights. That way you have high-ups, low-ups, and everything in between. You’ll want to get as many different shots as possible of the different stages of growth, as each bud will change dramatically as it matures.
Once you have your photos of outdoor buds ready for harvest, decide which ones you want to use. I personally like to take pictures of blooms that are about to open up so the colors pop. You can also take pictures of buds that are already flowering and just need a little more time to grow. Either way, you want to take a few pictures of each stage and then combine them in a collage to save yourself time when choosing the next plant to use in your garden.
Now that your pictures of outdoor plants are all arranged, you’re ready to get started! Put your camera away, turn off the flash, and get to work. Take plenty of pictures with all of your different cameras, and even get a few pictures of your garden from various angles. You’ll soon get an idea of the colors of the flowers and what works best with what in your yard. Once you have a general idea of what works best, you can create a plan of exactly what you want to do.
After you have your pictures of outdoor plants completed, you can begin to get to work planning your garden. You can do a spring maintenance cleaning of your garden before you start planting again in the summer, or you can wait and do some prepping. Whichever you choose, it’s going to be worth your while to put in the extra effort to get things prepared so that your garden will be ready to be used in summer once again. Get started today!