This introduction to agriculture photography will look at the many beautiful elements of this niche, as well as giving you inspiration for your next print on canvas. Heading to the farm will give you the opportunity to tackle many types of photography including landscape, portrait and finer detail.
If you live in an urban setting, a farm-inspired print could bring a rural feel to your home décor.
Think frolicking lambs, portraits of cows, and chickens darting about and pecking the ground. As well as images of livestock, there’s also other animals usually found on a farm that can prove to be interesting subjects – sheepdogs are full of purpose and speed, as well as feral farm cats dotted about the place.
Check out our guide to perfecting cat photography for more on capturing the personality of felines.
I’ve got a combine harvester…
Agricultural machinery is a thing of beauty. Who doesn’t want to ride a tractor?
The popularity of tractors has even made its way to BBC Radio 1 with the regular feature ‘Tractor of the Day’ on Instagram with Greg James. Young farmers from around the country get to give a shout out about their tractor!
As well as tractors, there’s combine harvesters and crop sprayers among others, all ready to be snapped. From detailed shots of the machinery close-up to panoramic images of the machinery in action across acres of land, there’s so much to explore.
Another excellent part of agriculture photography is the people involved in this industry. Here you can explore candid photography of farmers at work and portrait photography of hard-working and weathered faces.
The rural landscape
The English countryside is stunning in its own right, but add in livestock, farm machinery and the people of this industry and you really have the ingredients for capturing agriculture at its best. Getting a good vantage point is essential for getting that perfect shot, so try shooting from above as well as looking up at the scene in front of you.
With the English countryside comes the English weather so you’ll have to try to take advantage of a good day – sunshine, clear skies and low wind are your friend! However, if you can capture stormy weather in a rural landscape then this can be spectacular too.
The Guild Photography Award
This award recognises “excellence in composition, content and technical aspects of photographing agricultural and other rural subjects”. The categories are livestock and arable, and the deadline for this year’s entries is 20 May. See last year’s winners to spark your creativity by visiting the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists here.
Whether you’re ready for award entries or not, you are sure to have fun down on the farm. We’ve also looked at the beauty of self-sufficiency in our recent post about allotment photography.