The difference between an average photograph and an eye-catching one doesn’t necessarily require you to buy a new camera. 

Sometimes you only need to make a few small changes to completely light up a photo – such as adjusting your angle, or changing the composition.

Local Overberg photographer, Jocelyn de Kock, has visited Flower Valley Conservation Trust numerous times over the years, to capture our projects on camera.

And on Nature Photography Day (Monday 15 June), she chats to Flower Valley – sharing her tips on how to turn average nature photos into those that tell the story best.

In this 13-minute chat, she uses examples of her own work (including photos taken on Flower Valley Farm), to showcase:

  • The importance of composition, and the use of thirds;
  • Tips on how to get the lighting just right, to avoid heavy shadows;
  • How to change the angle of a photo for maximum impact;
  • And ideas on making your focal point (such as a flower) stand out, especially when it’s surrounded by lots of noise (leaves, twigs etc.).

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