Flower Photography – How To Take Good Natural Flower Photos (Pt 2)

Flowers are a popular subject for photographs, but how can you take good photos that really show off the beauty of a flower? Continuing on from part 1, this article covers several more tips to help you take amazing flower photos. The tips cover photographing flowers in their natural surroundings, rather than photographing flowers in a vase or a flower arrangement, which is quite a different affair.

Use a reflector or flash to fill in shadows and help light the flower

If you are photographing a flower where the front of the flower isn’t directly lit by sunlight, you can use a reflector or a small amount of fill-flash to help light the flower. You can purchase commercially made reflectors, or make your own by sticking a large sheet of kitchen foil to a piece of cardboard.

Place the reflector so that it reflects light back onto the flower. As well as helping to light the flower, since the light will be reflected from a different direction to the main light, it can help fill in harsh shadows on the flower.

As an alternative to a reflector, or in addition, you may also consider using fill-flash to help light the flower and fill in dark shadows. Make sure you have your flash set at low power, as you only want the flash to contribute a small amount of light to the scene, not become the main light source.

Get in close

If your camera has a macro mode, or you have a DSLR with a macro lens, try getting in close and filling the frame with the flower. And then try getting even closer to isolate just part of the flower. You can find some great abstract compositions when focusing on only a very small part of a flower.

When taking close-ups or macro photographs of flowers, you may need to use flash or long shutter speeds to illuminate the flower. At these very close distances, flash will usually appear relatively soft, and more like natural light.

Prevent the wind ruining your photo

A big problem when taking photos of flowers is that they blow about in the wind. This can cause problems in composing your photo if the flower is constantly moving about. And it will also result in a blurry photo if your shutter speed is not high enough to freeze the motion of the flower.

One thing you can do is to set up a wind break between the flower and the wind. You don’t need to lug a full size wind break around with you though. If you have a tripod and diffuser or reflector with you, you can place the tripod between the flower and the wind, and then rest the diffuser or reflector up against the tripod’s legs. So long as you’re not photographing a tall flower, this should act as a decent windbreak.

Another thing you can do is to secure the flower using an accessory known as a plamp (short for plant clamp). This is a small bendable arm with clamps on both ends. One end clamps to your tripod leg, and the other end clamps onto the flower. This stops the flower blowing about in the wind.

Use backlighting to your advantage

The large majority of flowers have relatively thin petals, and so can make a great photo when backlit. The light shines through the petals, giving them quite a different look to a standard photo.

Look at the flower condition and remove any distractions

There are exceptions to everything, but in the large majority of cases, a photo of an undamaged flower will look nicer than that of a damaged one. If you are in an area with lots of the same flowers, take your time to look at a few of the flowers and try to find the one that is in the best condition.

Pay attention also to what is surrounding the flower, and try to avoid including other elements (such as a random blade of grass) that distract from the flower. Sometimes you may be able to change the angle you are photographing at to remove the distracting elements.

Other times you may need to squash down or remove the distracting elements. If you are photographing outside of your garden, be careful what you are removing though.

Isolate the flower from its surroundings

Set your camera / lens to use a large aperture (e.g. f/2.8) when photographing the flower to help throw the background out of focus. If the space permits, also try using a lens with a longer focal length or zooming in on your camera, and taking the photo from further away. This change in perspective helps to isolate the flower from the rest of the scene.

Flower Photos

Whether it’s summer or the middle of the winter, beautiful flower photos are always appreciated because they are inspiring and they are expressing the beauty of nature, with their rich colours and various shapes and forms. Flowers bring joy and happiness and they make perfect photographic subjects because of their wide variety and accessibility, since you can find them anywhere.

There are so many types of flowers that they can’t even be enumerated. Nevertheless, flower photos with roses, lilies, orchids, tulips, daisies, pansies or sunflowers are one the most popular ones. Everyone loves flowers because their beautiful simplicity and the emotions they are conveying. Just looking at flower photos, you can brighten up your day in just a few moments and this is because their miraculous benefits to mind relaxation.

Flowers are an essential part of our spiritual growth and an inspiration for millions of people. They bring enlightenment and self realization in our lives in all their amazing forms and with their wonderful scents. So whenever you feel the need of inspiration and relaxation, you can take a few moments of your time and start browsing for flower photos. You will be amazed how many can be out there on the internet. If you want the sight to last longer, you can opt for downloading them into your computer or to decorate your display with amazing flower wallpapers. They come in many sizes and resolutions to fit any screen, wide or standard.

If you’re a photography passionate and you like taking shots of flowers, than you should know that they are an infinite subject. You can upload your photos on many websites to share that wonderful experience with all those flower lovers all around the world. And you can do that by signing up for a premium account on different websites with photos and wallpapers that offer this opportunity. The advantages of such a premium membership are several. You can upload all the photos you want without worrying about space limitations because with a premium account you have unlimited storage space. Furthermore, as a premium member you can get access to many features like access to many high definition pictures or photo editing effects. And all these at a very low cost that will certainly be worthy. So what are you waiting for? Start uploading your amazing flower photos and let other people relax and enjoy that stunning beauty.

At the sight of a flower, anyone’s heart is touch in a different way. People search on the internet for flower photos because they can cheer a gloomy face, lift a depressed heart or make the love flourish. Either professional or amateur, each photographer captures flowers in his unique way. But whatever the way they are being taken, flower photos provide a source of peace and calm with their bright and colourful shapes. The beauty of flowers can be uplifting and they can have a different impact on each person. So if you’re looking for an amazing visual experience, try searching for flower photos to make your day.

How to Take Great Flower Photos

I know that many out there want to improve their photography in one aspect. Flower photography. With gardening as popular as it is this shouldn’t be a surprise. Flower photography while looking like one of the simplest forms of photography can quickly become one of the most difficult. Here are a few tips for you. (Keeping in mind that basic good photography skills are always used.)

  1. Soft diffuse light. Today it’s very overcast outside, and if there were any flowers in bloom today would be the perfect day for capturing some great images. Soft diffuse light enhances color saturation, so if you wondered how or why pro photographers flower images seem so deep in color this is one of the reasons why. (There are exceptions to this rule. I do some flower photography is bright or dappled sunlight but I’m usually trying to get an effect of light passing through the petals.)
  2. Slow film speed. 200 speed or less. The slower speed films have greater detail and for flowers you’re going to need to get close anyway and you want the nice sharp detail of a slower speed of film. I use 100 speed for my flower photography.
  3. Tripod. Use one for this type of photography. Set up your shot, get everything in sharp focus, and then shoot. A tripod will keep your camera from moving on you and allow you to get the sharp detail you will need.
  4. Look for great colors, a flower in full bloom next to a bud, and don’t shoot on windy days. Keep contrast and color in mind at all times and try different compositions each time you take a shot.

Flower photography can be a lot of fun especially if the flowers are your own.

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