Flowers are an interesting photographic subject. Who has not ever tried to portray flowers in a nearby park or garden? It’s nice to be able to take “a copy” of the flower without having to tear it from its place. However, getting magnificent photos capable of enhancing the natural beauty of the flower is not always an easy matter. It is frustrating to have a pretty bouquet in front of you and not be able to capture a single minimally attractive photo.
Quiet. As in almost all photographic subjects, for the photography of flowers there are a series of rules, tricks and tips that will give you an impressive result if you apply them. In today’s article I will share with you a few of these tricks, you will see how everything becomes much easier.
9 TIPS FOR CAPTURING STUNNING FLOWERS
1- Have you ever tried to take photos of a flower with the camera caught with your hands? Bad. Very bad Photographing flowers basically consists of portraying the small details of the plant. For this it is absolutely necessary to achieve the maximum possible sharpness, and working with a tripod is “basic” to achieve that sharpness. Photographing directly with the camera in hand involves a series of micro-vibrations that spoil the sharpness of the photo. So remember: to photograph flowers always try to work with a tripod.
2- Study the framing. Before shooting ask yourself if it is better to frame a very close plane (for example due to small details of the flower that we are interested in portraying) or if a wider frame is more beneficial (for example if we want to get a broad perspective of the flower within the set that surrounds it). The same flower can give many possibilities of framing, try to find the most interesting.
3- Horizontal or vertical? The perspective of the human eye is horizontal, so the photos taken horizontally will seem very “natural” and pleasing to the eye. But on certain occasions we may be interested in photographing a flower vertically. Photographing a flower vertically gives the flower much more prominence, makes it seem much more important and unique.
4- The angle from which we shoot the photo will undoubtedly influence the perspective and composition. Do not shoot from any angle because. Before shooting experiment, go testing different angles and check through the viewfinder if you like framing. You can even shoot photos and review them until you find the angle you like best. Try throwing yourself on the ground and shooting the flower from a low angle, or from above, focusing on the petals of the flower. Go experimenting and you will find very interesting angles.
5- Avoid background distractions. This is a very common problem in flower photography , and the worst part is that many amateur photographers are dissatisfied with the photo without being aware that the problem is due to this. Yes, whenever we take photos outside there will be a main subject (our flower) and a multitude of distraction elements that are useless and that the only thing they get is to distract the viewer. We need to photograph the flower in a way that falls in love, that enchants. It is necessary to capture the flower in a way that, when someone contemplates the photo, does not notice anything but the flower. It has to be the true and only point of attention. It is not interesting that behind the flower, in the distance, no distractions appear at all.
You may be wondering, and how can I avoid these distractions? Here are some methods:
- Set aside distractions if they are easy to set aside (an empty bag of pipes, a chair, a ball, shoes, etc.).
- If you can not remove the unwanted element, change the shooting angle, this will cause the background behind the flower to change.
- Play with the focal length of the lens (zoom) until you find a position where no more distractions appear.
- Move the flower by hand, a little, and very carefully.
- Blur the bottom reducing the Depth of Field.
6- The rule of thirds applies. Nature is one of the places where you can obtain better results with the rule of thirds. This rule consists of framing the subject (the flower), imagining through the viewfinder a grid like the following , and placing the flower in one of the vertical lines.
It is called the rule of thirds and should be applied whenever we are going to portray a single main subject: person, animal, tree, flower. The result of a photo with the rule of thirds has nothing to do with that of another in which the main subject is in the center
7- Play with Depth of Field. The depth of field is the focused area of the photo. If you are not familiar with this concept I invite you to take a look at this article where I explain it to you in a very simple way (and I even explain how to control the Depth of Field in your SLR camera)
I have to confess my love for the photos in where the depth of field is very small, where the focused area is extremely minimal. Normally this, applied to flower photography, produces exquisite results.
8- Use a Macro objective. A flower is an ideal subject for any Macro objective. Generally with a normal lens you can not focus at a distance of less than 50cm (approx.), But thanks to this type of Macro lenses you can focus on really small distances, being able to highlight all the small details of the body of the flower. If you are interested in the subject of flower photography, I recommend that you read this article where I give more information about the Macro objectives (and I recommend a few that are my favorites).
9- Take pictures during sunrise. Believe me, if you try to photograph flowers during sunrise only once you will not want to photograph them at another time of the day anymore Doing it in the early morning offers 3 advantages mainly: 1) It is usually less windy in the morning and therefore the flower is much more stable 2) The colors of the sky are much more attractive during sunrise 3) The photographer who wakes up early in the morning to photograph flowers meets a pleasant prize called «dew», which substantially improves the appearance of the flower .
Extra Tip: Do not go on a photo tour with your partner, do not go with your cousin, do not go with your mother, do not go with your grandfather, do not go with your closest friend. Go alone. Don’t laugh, it’s serious. Spend some time taking pictures of flowers and going out with a friend or acquaintance are not supported Your companion will get bored, will get tired, will get tired of waiting for you so much. You, on the other hand, will be in a hurry, shoot 2 or 3 photos quickly and in any way and continue your way so that yours do not despair. Believe me, a perfect flower photography session requires leaving one alone or accompanied by other photographers who share the same hobby and passion.
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