Flower photography tips to help with what is a rather challenging proposition – taking sweet photos of flowers!
There are many different ways to go about it, and flowers are inherently beautiful by default, but how to best to convey the message you want to express with your flower photography?
First thing first: what is your photo for?
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- To showcase your particular floristry style?
- Promoting fresh, quality stock?
- Unusual, original and creative bunches?
- Elegant and clean floristry design?
- Or just plain ART!
Flower Photography Tips To Help You Capture The Best Floral Image
Once you have established your mission for photographing flowers here are 7 simple flower photography tips to help produce that special photo.
1 – Use creative lighting
Observe the lighting on your flowers. Backlighting shining through some flowers gives them an appealing glow and hearty colour. Cloudy-day lighting reveals subtle hues.
2 – Always use a tripod
Let me repeat that, “Always use a tripod”. Of all the flower photography tips here, this is the most important. Not only will a tripod steady your camera and help you achieve a much sharper image, but it will also force you to think about your composition. You will have to place the flowers in your photographic image much more deliberately instead of just pointing your camera and shooting away.
3 – Don’t Quit Too Soon
Rather than just taking a single snapshot of a flower that interests you and moving on, go deeper into the subject.
Set up your first shot to include the whole flower then concentrate on the details of the flower that attracts your eye. Focus on the color or small details of the flower.
4 – Photograph your flowers from different angles
Shoot straight down, from the side, from the underneath, just change it up a little.
5 – Don’t take flower pictures in direct sunlight
This is the most common mistake that beginners make.
Plants look great in the sun with the naked eye, but neither film nor digital can cope with the increased contrast.
Overcast conditions are usually best, colours then saturate and your pictures will still look really bright, but even more colourful.
There are exceptions to this though – for example, sunlight can create dark shadows behind your sunlit subject, creating an excellent non-distracting background. If you are going to take plant pictures in sunlight, try using a polarising filter to reduce glare and enhance the colours.
6 – Use Lower ISO settings on your Digital Camera
To get the lowest noise (blur, graininess), most digital cameras work best at ISO100, so use this setting and a tripod for best results. You don’t want to take a great image, only to find the noise unacceptable – especially if you want to try and sell your images, or get them published somewhere.
7 – Get a 1:1 Macro lens
If you want to get close, to really show the amazing form of plants in their full glory, you need the right lens for the job. The Tamron 90mm is an excellent lens that comes highly recommended and fits most SLR’s. I’ve used one for many years.
I hope these flower photography tips have been helpful. To help you get inspired, why not go have a look at this gallery of wedding flower pictures?
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