Now that summer is here, there are many beautiful flowers in full bloom just waiting for you to take their portrait! With the popularity and ease of today’s digital cameras, it is no surprise that many gardeners have taken an avid interest in photography. Photographing flowers and plants is also a great way for beginners to learn about photography. Flowers and plants are interesting subjects; they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours that is sure to create eye-catching images!
To get started, here are some tips that will help you improve your nature photography:
- Get up close and personal. Try to get as close to the flower(s) as possible to capture the all the details. If the flowers are low on the ground, photograph at that level. For those with “point and shoot” cameras, select the “Macro” setting on the camera. Those with SLR cameras (ones with interchangeable lens) can use a Macro lens.
- Lighting is crucial. Try to avoid the on camera flash because the lighting is too harsh and creates unnecessary shadows. Natural lighting is the best. The best times of days to photograph flowers is early in the morning and the few hours before the sun sets. The afternoon sun is too bright and unflattering.
- Look at the background. The best flower images are usually ones with simple, uncluttered backgrounds. Explore different angles of the flower to make sure there isn’t anything distracting in the background. Or if you have an SLR, learn to blur out the background. Another option is to place a card in a contrasting or complimentary colour behind the flower.
- Use a tripod. Whether it is windy or not, flowers will move. Using a tripod is the best way to capture sharp images and to reduce camera shake.
- Try different angles. To create an interesting and dynamic image, move around and try different angles and points of views, like photographing the flower from underneath.
- Include other subjects in the photograph. Bees, butterflies and birds often make the photograph more interesting and dynamic.
Here are some beautiful flower photographs to inspire you:
Now get outside to photograph those flowers and don’t forget to have fun!