Succulent Photography

One afternoon my daughter and I went plant shopping for some plants that were needed for another blog post I wrote called Bead Gardening.
We soon found out that we both love the selection of succulents we spotted at our local garden center. I was very thankful that I had a budget to stick to as we could have bought one of every plant we saw. We settled on just a few and I’m happy to say that they are all still alive. I might go so far as to say that they are thriving. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course I wanted to share pictures with you so I planted one of our purchases, a Chinese Dunce Cap, in a tiny watering can I had lying around. I am so jazzed…this plant self propagates…sweet! It makes more and they are so easy to grow.

I begin by setting up a vignette to photograph for this post.
I have a digital camera but it’s pretty basic. It does have the macro setting and I used it for these photos. The following photographs were taken in the morning, inside by a window with eastern exposure. Below was my first attempt…It turned out alright, but I wasn’t happy with the glare of the window.
Lesson: Don’t shoot into the light unless you know what you doing…and I don’t.

Align Center

This was taken after the first one only I moved the vignette between my camera and the window. I like this one much better as the light is in front of the subject not behind it.

Time to crop…and I left it at that.

There is much more to learn…but thankfully there is so much out there online like the wonderful bloggers like Erin from CreekBedThreads who create awesome tutorials for people like me. I don’t expect to become an expert…but there is always room for improvement. The photos I’ve taken of my wall crosses have improved greatly over time and that has helped increase traffic to my Etsy shop. Yay!
Truthfully, I just love to take photographs of nature, my children and grand children.
I will embrace this challenge and love the journey.

4 thoughts on “Succulent Photography

  1. Your photos are looking great! I love succulents, too, but I haven't found the right spot for them yet – somehow I still manage to kill them!

  2. Autumn next time I visit we will go get coffee, hit some garage sales and go succulent shopping ๐Ÿ™‚ Cottage in the Sun…sweetie its only been a week. We'll see how they're doing in a month ๐Ÿ™‚

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