Color & Light
Meeting Photo Challenges
Creative Image Processing
Nature & Outdoor
Creating Better Photographics
Night & Low Light Photography
Light & Exposure
Close-Up & Macro
Digital Black & White
Color & Design
Choosing & Using Lenses
Digital Photography Equipment
Fine Floral Photos
Besides photographing people, nature ranks among the most popular subjects. Much of this appeal comes from the fact that there’s a sense of wonder and mystery at the beauty of flora and fauna. Through photography, we can express our fascination with flowers and share it with others. Whether you enjoy shooting close-ups of a bud unfolding, or a field of wildflowers in the mountains, there are many ways to approach flower photography. It may mean a trip to a botanical garden, setting up a still life of cut flowers at home, or simply exploring your own back yard. And flowers don’t move around, nor are they sometimes uncooperative like children and pets.
Lighting makes a big difference between an ordinary floral snapshot and a
great one. When taking pictures on a sunny day, shoot pictures early in the
morning and late in the afternoon for best results. Sidelight will bring out
the unique texture of the flower, and backlighting can impart a warm glow, revealing
the translucence of the petals.
Flash can be used in creative ways to light a flower and reveal fine details. It will also render the background dark, as light falls off quickly from the flash. Flash will freeze any motion, so if you’re photographing delicate flowers on a breezy day, a little fill-flash can help you out. Shoot pictures with and without flash to see what works best in different situations.
Flower close-ups can be very intriguing. There are lenses made for SLRs that
have true 1:1 macro capability, and most compact cameras offer a close-up mode
on the shooting dial.
Use your lens’s close-up capability to fill the frame with your subject.
Because depth of field is very limited in a close-up picture, it’s imperative
to render the main subject in sharp focus. A flower that appears very sharp
against a blurred background is very striking, but if both subject and background
are a little out of focus, you’ll just have a throw-away snapshot. Decide
what spot you want to be sharp in your photo, and center the viewfinder there.
Press the shutter button down halfway to lock the focus, and then recompose
the shot while keeping the button depressed partway. When you get a desirable
composition, shoot the picture.
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