Fanta­stic wild garlic photos — how to photo­graph and edit them

Actually, I just wanted to take a quick walk through the forest and see when the wild garlic is ready to bloom again. But now I’m amazed to find myself stan­ding in the middle of a sea of white flowers in the other­wise green wild garlic forest. 3 weeks earlier than last year. That was certain. I’ll be back here tomorrow at the latest to take photos. 

You can see the VLOG to the BLOG at the bottom of the page or you can reach it via this button:


Sony a7IV
Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM

This article is about the settings and image proces­sing. If you want to know more about wild garlic in general, where to find it, etc., you should take a look at this article: Bärlauch­fo­to­grafie – So klappt’s unter jeder Bedingung

Tips/settings for photo­gra­phing wild garlic

  • Use medium focal length to wide-angle lens
  • Use aper­ture prio­rity or manual mode
  • Closed aper­ture between f/8 and f/16
  • Focus stacking if neces­sary (prefer­ably when there is no wind)
  • For focus stacking, select expo­sure metering over the entire image average (if no multi-metering method is available), or Manual mode
  • If it is dark in the forest and the expo­sure time would be too long, don’t be afraid of ISO 800 or ISO 1600
  • Get close, vary the camera height and make sure that important picture elements are not unat­trac­tively covered and are sepa­rated as well as possible.
Verhakt | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM


  • Basic settings, grada­tion curve, colors with Ligh­t­room or Camera-Raw, possibly already selec­tive masks
  • Synchro­nize settings for focus stacking between images
  • Select all images with Shift+mouse button, right-click Edit in, open in Photo­shop as layers
  • In Photo­shop, select all layers with Shift+left mouse button, click on Edit, Auto-align layers, Projec­tion auto
  • Focus stacking through Photo­shop with Edit/Auto Blend Layers/Select Stack Images
  • Optional: Group focus stacking layers with Ctrl+G
  • Trans­form
    • Copy the result layer with Ctrl+J for trans­form (if necessary)
    • Edit/transform/deform, drag corners until it fits or edit/perspective deformation
    • Alter­na­tively or addi­tio­nally: filter/liquefy, take as large a brush as possible and draw in indi­vi­dual areas.
  • Clean up using removal tool “J” or gene­ra­tive filling
  • Dodge&Burn:
    • Easiest way to create lumi­nance masks via TK-Panel or ProPanel (addi­tional addons for Photoshop),
    • in chan­nels with Ctrl+left mouse button,
    • in Layers to create a new layer,
    • Create layer mask,
    • Mixing method Soft light,
    • Paint over areas with a light or dark brush (opacity <30%) as required and accor­ding to your own ideas. 
  • Shape light:
    • Create new level
    • Mixing method Soft light
    • create a manual “vignette” with a dark brush (opacity 10%) or paint some light into the picture with a light brush
  • Orton effect
    • Click on top layer, Shorcut Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E copies all visible layers toge­ther into a new layer
    • Filter/blur filter/Gaussian blur, between 24 and 33px or more, depen­ding on the reso­lu­tion of the camera
    • Opacity between 6 and 12%, if neces­sary work with a mask if the effect is too strong 
  • Crop­ping
Madame Bärlauch | Sony a7IV + Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM

This and all other shots of this post you can request under “Prints” as an art print for your wall at home directly from me. 

Pictures from the VLOG

This video should be a bit more about image proces­sing, so there are only a handful of pictures this time, but have fun watching. 

VLOG to the BLOG

I almost missed it. Without any premo­ni­tion, I popped into my local forest the day before to see if the wild garlic could start flowe­ring in the next few days. But I was amazed when I saw that the forest floor was already covered in a carpet of white wild garlic. Of course, I came back the next morning to take some nice pictures. I’ll also show you how I edit my wild garlic pictures in Photo­shop. Have fun looking at them!

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