Better Garden Photos

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You might be wanting to capture images of your beautiful garden or hoping to improve your photography skills.  Perhaps you simply want to prove that fairies really ARE real.  No matter your reason, we’ve picked up a few tips here and there that we can share with you that can change your garden photos into something special!

LIGHT

Light is everything.  But don’t be fooled into thinking that a bright sunny day is the best for taking pictures in your garden.  That beautiful sunshine causes harsh shadows and washes out colors.

A cloudy day can give you plenty of light and no shadows!  Some of the most amazing effects are achieved in lower light or even in a misty rain.  Just remember your tripod!

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TIME

Dawn is a lovely time of day for capturing your garden, and also at dusk.  While your favorite camera is important, your tripod is essential.  It allows you to shoot at low light and you don’t have to be concerned about camera movement and blurry pictures.

PAUSE

Before you click that shutter button, take a couple of seconds to check for unwanted elements in your photo.  A faded blossom or discolored leaves are easy enough to remove with editing software, but a moment spent now will save time later.  Plus, you will learn composition.

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Spring may actually be here at last, friends.  I hope we have given you some inspiration to get out into your gardens and enjoy them.  Just watch your step while you’re behind that viewfinder… good gardens bring fairies!

The Making of a Mushroom

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We’ve been spending a lot of time in the evening and on weekends creating mini garden accessories for our shoppe.  This is fun and relaxing for us, and we would much rather be crafting than all the other things we should be doing.

My mini mushrooms are made of clay, and they start out looking like this.  They have to dry for 24 hours.

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The next evening, we paint.  Red is the most popular, but I love turquoise and I feature turquoise in many of my fairy gardens.

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They aren’t spotted… that’s just my kitchen lights 🙂  This coat of paint dries for 24 hours and then comes the next step.

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Polka-dots!  These little guys are so much fun to make.  We sell them in packages of three.  Super cute!

I keep saying “we” and I should give some credit to my trusty assistant, who thinks I keep some strange hours.

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