Flowers are gift from God, and easily to find in the months where the sun shines more often, and it’s also time that flowers would be a terrific subject for a photo.
This guide will cover everything you need to know to get a terrific photos when taking a picture of flowers in their peak time of the year.
when you find a vast area filled with flowers, you will probably want to take a photo of the whole area. The standard landscape rules are also apply here in this area. Try to have some foreground, middle and also background to create and re-create a sense of depth and scale. You may also try to use some leading lines and don’t forget to adjust how much light you need to use. If it’s quite windy, you have to make sure to set the camera with a fast shutter speed to avoid the flowers look blur.
CHOOSE YOUR ANGLE WISELY
If you want your flower photos stand out from others, you should try taking the picture from unusual angles, for example from bottom to the sky facing the sun. Usually when taking natural flower photos, you might want to take it a little bit above your eye level with the flower to ensure the center of the flower can be seen. It means you have to do almost anything to be able to have the shot that you really wanted. When you taking flower photos you need to remove blades of the grass or leaves which would be in the way between the camera and the flower that you want to shoot.
USE NATURAL LIGHT AND TRIPOD IF YOU REQUIRE IT
TO take flower photos in their natural environment you should use the natural light without using any flash. The natural light will produce less harsh shadows and remember to make sure the background behind the flower is lit well. The best time of the day to have a flower photo is in the early morning or in the late afternoon. Why? Because the light is warmer and less harsh than any other time of the day where the sun is hot. The wind is low at the start and end of the day, which means you are less likely to get the flower moving when you take the shot. It depends on how well your flower is lit, so you need to use a tripod to maintain and stabilise the camera. When using a tripod, be very careful not to squash other flowers or the flower which you want to photo, because you dont wanna ruin the petals of your chosen flowers before you take the shot do you? If you take the photo in middle of the day, try shooting when there is hazy cloud, because it helps diffuse the sunlight.
USE A PROPER DIFFUSER TO DIFFUSE HARSH LIGHT
If you try to get flower photo under bright daylight, you might want to consider using a diffuser to soften the light and reducing the harsh shadows / highlights on the flower. A diffuser is a thin piece of material or paper that spread harsh direct light out over a bigger area. You can buy it or making it on your own using a white transparent material like a plastic bag, toilet paper/tissue paper. Put it on a frame which you could make (a coat hanger which bent and shaped into triangle) and then attach it nicely. You could use it in the middle of a day and put it between the flower and the sun, and immediately see the result of the shot.
USE A REFLECTOR TO FILL IN SHADOWS AND HELP THE FLOWER TO LIT
THis happens when a flower that you want to photo is not directly lit bye the sun. You use a reflector or a small amount of flash to help light the flower. You could buy this reflector in public or you could make it on your own using an aluminium foil attach t oa piece of cardboard or something like it. Put the reflector to reflects the light back onto the flower and to light the flower to reduce harsh shadow on the flower.
GET IT UP AND CLOSE
Just in case your camera has a macro mode or you have a DSLR with a macro lens, you could try to get in close and fill the whole frame with the flower. You could try getting closer and closer to isolate certain part of the flower and you will find something that might blow your head away. When taking a close-ups photo of flowers, you might need to use flash or long shutter to irradiate the flower.
AVOID THE WIND RUINING YOUR PHOTO
it will be a problem when taking your flower photos in the gust of wind which can cause a problem in making your photo nicely. You will need an extra patient to wait for a wind break between the flower and the wind. you could use an accessory known as a plamp (shorter name for plant clamp). It is a small bendable arm with clamps on both ends. One end to your tripod leg and the other onto the flower.
PETALS COVERED IN DEW
Morning flowers covered in dews is quite something to shoot. If you miss the dew you can create on your own using a spray bottle and making a false dew on the flower.
USE THE BACKLIGHTING TO YOUR ENJOYMENT
A lot of flowers have thin petals, so you can make a great photo when backlit. The light shines through the petals will make something worth to see.
SEPARATE THE FLOWER FROM ITS SURROUNDINGS
Set your camera to use larger aperture for example f/4 or larger when shooting the flower to help throw the background out of focus and became blurry.
CHECK THE FLOWER AND REMOVE THE DISTRACTIONS
THere are exception for everything, but in most cases a photo of an undamaged flower will look whole lot nicer compare to the damage one. Try to find the most perfect flower for your object to shoot. And remember to avoid other elements like blade of grass or leaves.