Photographing Flowers Made Easy
Tips for Brilliant Macro Photos of Flowers
1. Choose the correct time of day
The midday sun might offer you the most amount of light, however it’s far from being the most optimal time of day to photograph flowers and plants. The glaring midday sun doesn’t only produce harsh shadows, but in some cases can also cause overexposed spots to appear in your photo. Thus, it’s better to photograph before midday or in the evening when the sun doesn’t shine as brightly and you’ll be able to make use of the natural, diffused light to end up with especially harmonious photos.
3. Make use of various positions and perspectives
Making use of the bird’s-eye view when taking photos of flowers might be easy and comfortable, but this will rarely leave you ending up with spectacular photos. This perspective is best used when taking very detailed close-up shots where the focus is on the symmetry of the flower blossom.
If photographing the flower along with its surrounding environment, photos taken from the bird’s-eye view can often appear boring or unimaginative. Thus it’s a good idea to get down on the same level as the flower and photograph it from a worm’s-eye view in order to end up with interesting perspectives.
6. Use short exposure times in order to avoid image blur
Using a wide-opened aperture can be advantageous since this allows a lot of light to hit the camera sensor. Thus, when you have enough surrounding light, you can use a shorter exposure time. If you use an exposure time of 1/250 of a second or shorter, you’ll even be able to sharply photograph plants that are slightly moving in the wind without blurriness appearing in your photos. This method is known as “freezing motion”.
8. Choose the right equipment
When photographing flowers, you’re dealing with the area of macro photography. Here, using the right camera lens can make all the difference. For the occasional close-up shot, the kit lens that came with the camera will suffice most of the time. If, however, you often take macro shots, it would be worth investing in a macro lens with a focal length of 60-100 mm. Macro lenses offer a larger scale of reproduction, which allows you to depict small objects in great detail. The longer the focal length you select, the further away you can position yourself from your motif while still being able to take impressive close-up shots.
In order to produce the blurred-background effect mentioned above, it can be advantageous to use a fast lens, which will enable you to use larger f-numbers. When talking about this characteristic, lenses with a fixed focal length outperform other lenses due to their more simplified construction and design.
Like in many areas of photography, here, too, it’s sensible to make use of a tripod or stand. This will enable you to take your time to find the right position. Once you have your camera in the right place, you can try out various settings so you’ll be able to end up with optimal results. The live view mode will help you here to see how the various settings affect your photos directly on your screen.
Flowers, as a main motif for your photographs, are especially photogenic and extremely multifaceted in their appearance. Flowers come in a wide-multitude of various colours and forms, which can be photographed from many different perspectives.
Since flowers tend to remain still most of the time, it’s the perfect motif for photographers who are just starting out. You can use flowers to try out various perspectives and numerous settings, as well as play around with different levels of sharpness and blurriness. However, even for more advanced photographers and pros, flowers will never lose their appeal.