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How to Photograph Flowers – Photography 101

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in My Blog | Leave a comment

 

 

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, it never hurts to brush up on what it takes to create a great photograph – especially if you’re new to photographing flowers or you want to take your photography to the next level. 

 Light

Reaching for the sunThis Idea Changed My Photography –  We’re not really photographing objects, we’re actually photographing light. Or, more technically, light reflecting off objects. If you think about this before you shoot, it makes you more aware of the light and can turn you into a light chaser! That’s someone who gets up at dawn to get the best light. 🙂

Time of Day is Important – The harsh light of mid-day can produce hard-edged shots with bright white spots that you can’t fix in photoshop. Try early morning or later in the afternoon for the best light. Or get out of the sun — move into the shade; wait for a cloud.

Use Natural Light – If you use indoor artificial lighting, be aware that you may produce different color casts that you have to fix in photoshop later. It can be done, but it’s a pain. Get outside or beside a window if you can and take advantage of natural light.

Light is the most important thing. If you pay attention to the light, your photographs will get better.

 

Composition

LongwoodDahlias_20130911_0510-1webFlowers are very tricky in that they become all we see when we’re taking the picture! Then when we get home, we realize that something else is competing with our beloved bloom, or there’s another dead bloom right beside the one we’re focusing on, or that leaves from another plant are partially covering it. How could we not have noticed that? LOL!

Remember to look at the whole photo and set up your flower in a way that it stands out. Make sure that other objects in the photo aren’t competing with it.

Don’t always place your flower right in the center of the frame. Sometimes it looks great there, but sometimes there’s something else that would look better. Try different angles or different distances from the flower. Challenge yourself to come up with five different ways to shoot the same flower.

 

Focus

DSC_0122-copyyelwebTry selective focusing. If you have a camera that does this, increase your aperture as large as it will go (by turning the dial to the lowest number – go figure). That will give you a selective area of focus and blur everywhere else.

 Take the same picture with different aperture sizes and see what you like best. It can be tedious, but rewarding and worth the effort.

 

 

 

Background

P1030926-2Background is really important when you’re photographing flowers. Sometimes we get so focused on the flower that we don’t notice hydro wires, or a person, or a garbage can behind our beautiful bloom.

When you set up a shot, be mindful of what is behind the flower and if you can move around until there’s something that complements, rather than competes with your focus flower.

This is true whether you’re shooting a flower up close or if you’re shooting a whole field of flowers.

(Can you see the hydro wires in this shot?)

 

 

If your camera has a macro setting, give it a try

Pink Hyacinth Up CloseSo many cameras these days have macro macro-zoom settings. Get in close and try out the macro setting and see how differently your pictures turn out.

 

 

 Get a Unique Perspective

DSC_0100-1yellwebFlowers can’t move, but you can. Get beside them, under them, far away, close. You never know what’s going to be an intriguing view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing can replace experience, so if you truly want to improve, take lots of pictures!

 

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