12 Flower Photography Tips for Beginners

Capturing beautiful flowers on camera can be very satisfying. Both spring and summer, when flowers are blooming, provide the best conditions to shoot extraordinary images. Following are 12 basic photography tips for the season.

  1. Consider investing in a macro lens. This would allow you to get closer to the subject, creating flower photos that appear larger than life.
  2. Switch to manual focus. You can then select the precise sharpness of the part of the flower you’re aiming for, without letting automatic focus take control. Your artistic choices may surprise you.
  3. Choose an ISO between 100 and 320. This will produce minimal noise in your images, if you plan on printing large sizes.
  4. Shoot on overcast days. Cloudy skies are often ideal for flower photography, since the bright sunlight won’t create too much contrast and harsh shadows in your photos.
  5. Avoid windy days. Wind can sway the flowers back and forth so it’s extremely difficult to get a crisp photo. Aim for calm days and early mornings, but if that’s not possible, use an appropriate shutter speed and try to steady the flowers.
  6. Brighten up the shadows using a reflector. It’s an easy way to reduce contrast and bring out more detail.
  7. Use water spray to create the look of dew. It will add a different effect to your photos, so that you have flowers in what appears to be a variety of different weather conditions.
  8. Get down to a low level. Kneeling can be a simple yet effective trick. Flower photos taken at eye-level or even looking up at the subject can positively impact your collection.
  9. Pay attention to the background. Flowers photographed against a clean, solid background have a different appeal than those set against leaves, stems or other elements. Mix it up.
  10. Keep tweezers, clothes pegs, and an air brush handy. Use tweezers to remove unwanted debris from the flowers, perhaps an air brush to gently blow or brush away an insect, and use clothes pegs to hold distracting plants out of view without damaging them.
  11. Compose the photo using the rule of thirds. Avoid centering the flower in your image and instead use the rule of thirds to compose your shots. Photographs with off-center subjects look more professional.
  12. Stay on top of flower identification. If you are in a garden that displays the name of each plant, be sure to write it down or take a photo. It will make the identification process much easier once you return home to label the photo.

Do you like to photograph flowers? What’s your favorite flower? Leave a comment below.

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