a colorful garden path forming a strong diagonal with a house in the background
Photo: Matthew Benson
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4. Keep Changing Position

Everything in a garden has three dimensions, so good photographers don't settle for taking pictures from only one direction. Shoot from above, from below, from both sides, from close in, from far back. Benson tries it all, always looking for an inherent balance, whether perfect symmetry (favored in formal gardens), asymmetrical arrangements with a large object on one side and two smaller ones on the other, or strong vertical or diagonal lines (shown). He has found that shots taken from above—from an upstairs window looking down, for example—can be good for revealing a garden's overall design. But these photographs usually lack intimacy, so he advises taking the majority of your photographs from eye level. These are more likely to capture the sensual pleasures of a garden, such as smell, touch, and delicacy.
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