Photographing flowers made easy

Spring – hearts beat faster and nature shows off its most stunning side. It’s the ideal time to capture the colourful world of flowers in photos. You can find out here how to use daylight ideally for your nature shots.

One of the most wonderful things at this warm time of year is the natural light and how green everything is. Even urban landscapes have enough wonders of nature to offer: in almost every single green spot big and small flowers are blossoming, showing off their blaze of colour.

Flowers are nature’s true works of art. The more you know about taking photos using natural light the more effectively you can express the flowers’ shapes. Here are a few tips for how you can ideally use the sun and take great nature shots.


1. Take your time

Before you start taking photos, leave your camera in its bag and approach the flower up close to take a good look at it. Look at whether you like the splendid blossom as a whole or if you prefer it from right up close when you look more carefully.


2. Work out which direction the light is coming from

Observe the flower from different directions and establish, for example, how the light really shows off the petals. A flower always looks different depending on which direction the light is coming from. The light accentuates the shape of the petals and produces a depth of field effect in the photo.


3. Take some test shots

Take your first photo Look at whether landscape or portrait creates a better effect. Use your camera’s zoom. Try out a few different alternatives and compare the results.


4. Avoid direct light

The advice that applies when photographing people also applies to nature: avoid front lighting or direct sunlight. When people are photographed in direct light, the strong light makes faces look flat and leads to harsh shadows. Light coming in from the side, on the other hand, shows off the face beautifully, just like a flower’s shape too.


5. Superb result: back lighting at an angle

When the light comes in from behind at an angle through the leaves, the colours and shapes are emphasised impressively. With this you also achieve a wonderfully dark background. But be careful: with directly backlit photos the flower looks black and as if it has been x-rayed.

6. Minor corrections

You can clean up the surrounding area if you want. Pluck away the dry leaves or remove any dirt. But don’t clear away everything otherwise the photo might look too staged.

7. It’s all about the precision

The setting plays a very important part when you’re photographing up close. Select the most beautiful flower as your object and make sure that the focus is not on the leaf but on the flower otherwise the flower will shift into the background.

And the rule of thumb is: if you can’t change the shooting direction, change the moment of capture.

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