6 Tips On How To Photograph Flowers
Undeniably, flowers carry that unique charm that captures the attention and interest of people. You do not even have to physically see and touch one to be mesmerized by its beauty. No wonder many consider flowers as their favored subject in photography. And because there are just so many species and varieties, amateur and professional photographers alike have plenty of images to capture to evoke different emotions.
If you’re a beginner, we’ve got some tips to help you make the most of a flower’s natural grace and elegance.
Tip No.1. Shot in various angles. Create interesting shots by mastering the rule of thirds and then breaking it from time to time. Experiment by shooting from various angles, by tilting your camera, or using the glare of the sun. Crouch, lie on your belly, and be flexible with your position when shooting flowers. Do not just stand up and take a shot of the face of your chosen flower subject. Get on the same level as the flower and try shooting upwards, literally. It’s best that your subject retains it position and you, the photographer, is the one that moves around to get a better shot.
Tip No. 2. Zoom in for some drama. Get as close as possible to your subject and you’ll have dramatic results with the intricacy of the details. Don’t be afraid to fill the entire frame with your subject, or a portion of your subject. Use a specialized macro lens to get really up close with your flower subject. Popular close up shots include zooming in on petals and buds particularly after a light rain when flowers still have water droplets. If you’re not yet ready to invest in macro lenses, extension tubes would be a good alternative.
Tip No.3. Not everything has to be pin sharp. There’s such a thing as selective focusing and it works great on flowers. By doing this technique, you focus on a certain focal point so there is only one spot that is sharp.
Tip No.4. Skip the backgrounds. In relation to the third tip, sometimes it’s best if you focus on the flower itself and simply blur the backgrounds. You can use a telephoto lens which is a long lens that can throw the background and foreground out of focus.
Tip No.5. Keep your camera steady. Shooting really close to your subject presents problems with camera shake so make sure you do something to keep your camera stable. A really heavy tripod is what we recommend to keep your camera really stable. Another technique to reduce camera shake is through remote release so you don’t have to manually press the shutter button which can cause camera movement.
Tip No.6. Consider your light source especially that you’re shooting outdoors. This means watching the weather because direct sunlight can be harsh and would result to images with too much contrast while cloudless skies can bring in harsh shadows. The best time to shoot flowers outdoors is about an hour before sunset or on an overcast day.
The best way to improve your flower photography skills is to practice. Give each tip, trick and technique that you read a try and see which ones work best with your creative eye.
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