Gardening for Life!

Pictures Tell a Story

Photos and Drawings

  -  Capture the story of your community garden in photos.  Take time to see the poetic, the curious, and the hilarious.

  -  Include pictures in reports to funders and share them with the Community Garden Resource Network of the Calgary Horticultural Society. 

  -  For privacy and safety reasons you must get written permission to photograph children.

  -  Let adults in the garden know that you are going to be taking pictures and ask if that is OK with them.  Tell them how you are going to use the photos and where you are going to post them.
  - Frame the shot to photograph people from the back, from a distance or in a way that does not reveal their face close up from the front.


Kinds of photos to take:

  -   photos that show a garden's character, amenities, layout, beauty and challenges

  -  photos to identify the garden such as a sign or the sign on of the Community Association building

  -  wide angle views of the garden as a whole to give an idea of the layout and light available

  -  photos of the construction of beds, pathways, shed, fence, compost bins

  -  visual record of what is growing in the beds, including if it is being harvested or is overgrown

  -  features such as trellises, herb spirals, benches, gathering areas

  -  record problems in the garden such as  weeds, maintenance issues in garden  beds or pathways, evidence of damage from animals, insects, or  disease, or garden beds that were abandoned

  -  pictures of any use of materials to protect the gardens against the weather such as floating row covers, cloches and cold frames

  - close-ups of plant colors, artwork,  plant structures, insects , birds, and people working or resting

When sending in photos for your garden's photo gallery on the Calgary Horticultural Society's web site:

1.   Please save photos in jpg format only.  (Most digital cameras use jpg format.)

2.  Save each picture in 2 resolutions, one in high resolution (300 dots per inch or more is usually what a digital camera will automatically produce) and one low resolution (72 dots per inch).  The 72 dots per inch (dpi) image will be an ideal compressed file size for web site uses.  The high resolution image will be used in paper publications because a large density file size is needed to create a clear image on paper.  (Low resolution images will be blurry on paper.)

3.  Label each image with the garden name and year.  Store  images in file folders by garden name.  Include a note of how you want your name to appear in a photo credit