As we see time and time again in nature, there are very few things more beautiful than flowers in their ordinary environments. From traditional flowers growing in gardens to exotic plants dotting remote destinations, these are not only gorgeous pieces of nature, but also make wonderful subject matter for photography. However, as is the case with any other sort of photograph, it’s best to employ some careful strategy and design when photographing flowers. So here are 5 tips that can help get you started!
1. Beware Of Wind
This is a fairly basic but nonetheless crucial tip elaborated on by Digital Photography School online. Essentially, wind can ruin your photos by distorting your image and keeping the subject in motion. You can always bring flowers inside, but if you’re going for more natural photographs, DPS suggests two solutions: first, shoot in early morning, with less wind; second, use a board or reflector to “block” wind for photos.
2. Photograph Under Cloud Cover
You probably think of flowers in bright sunny settings more often than not – but actually, if you browse photos of flowers, you’ll find that many of the best ones are actually taken in dim settings with relatively low light. Basically, this allows the flowers’ colours to show off more boldly, and keeps them as the central focal points of photos, whereas bright or direct lighting can actually detract from the quality of the visual on the flowers.
3. Focus Manually
Focusing manually allows you to manipulate the depth of field to bring the focus into sharp relief only where you want it. Autofocus on a digital camera will often lead to a fairly basic image, but by focusing manually, you can play with more artistic images, such as focusing on the flower in the foreground and leaving the background out of focus.
4. Keep A Reflector On Hand
You can pick up a basic reflector at a normal photography store like Calumet Photographic, and use it in a variety of ways. It can block natural light interfering with a shot, and also reflect light where you need it on flowers to create contrast for your images. You’ll need to learn how to use it if you’re new to photography, but it’s an invaluable tool.
5. Try Shooting Indoors
Shooting indoors allows you to have complete control over the lighting and backdrop for your shots, and while you lose a bit of the nature element, you can still capture fresh flowers in amazing detail. If you’d rather not clip anything out of your garden, Marks and Spencer always offers an updated selection of fresh, seasonal flowers in a variety of arrangements. Purchasing a seasonally selected bouquet or set of plants gives you some fresh, beautiful options for shooting in your home without disturbing your garden. Then, it’s just up to you to frame the photo in any way that you wish – you can even set a plant in front of a window on a cloudier day for a stunning photo that still involves a touch of nature!
Of course, these are ultimately just a few examples for how to capture the beauty and detail of flowers in photography. But once you have these 5 starting tips in mind, you’ll begin to establish a foundation that will lead to gorgeous photos.