Tips On How To Photograph Flowers
Virtually all of us carry cameras, in the form of smartphones, with us constantly, so it’s certainly worth considering how their use impacts our lives and whether we can use them in a positive way. — Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D.
A few things in this world can encapsulate beauty as the flowers do and what better way to preserve the moment by taking a nice photo of it. It can be beautiful, magical, and truly imaginative. The act of taking the picture itself can make you feel light and pleasant. It is a source of such inspiration!
Introduce a little flower power in your life by learning some photography skills, such as taking pictures of flowers. Try your hand in it. Who knows? It may be your creative prowess.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
Time Of Day
First, you have to consider how you want your photo to look. Time of day matters in this as flowers can look sharper or softer depending when a picture is taken. The ‘Golden Hour’ is a term to refer to late afternoon settings where you can get a more delicate look without harsh shadows in your photo. Early mornings are also ideal since when you can expect some dew to appear on the leaves and grass, enhancing your picture.
Each rose appeared to me as so compelling, so unique – a dazzling crystallization of arcs and trajectories and impulses to move circling round one another, layered on top of one another – opening just enough to reveal an endlessly receding enfolding. Each rose was expanding to infinity and retreating into invisibility – a sunburst, a mandala, a holy conduit. — Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D.
The best light in this case when capturing the beauty of outdoors is to use natural sunlight. Aim to take advantage of overcast days to get great exposure. This reduces harsh bright spots and shadows and can pop out a flower’s intricate details. Natural light is also inherently softer, making the photos “feel” more organic and pleasant to look at when captured.
Having a focal point can draw the eye of the viewers to enhance the presence of flowers. For example, focusing on a big mountain in the background can provide contrast to the flower’s delicateness. When taking flowers in isolation, focus on it with a contrasting background to make it stand out.
Come Up Close
It’s truly magical to take a photo of a flower up close. Don’t be afraid to come right in to take a more intimate shot. Note, however, that as a flower takes up more of the frame, the focus becomes more critical. A good tip is to focus on a flower’s pistil and stamen so that the picture remains sharp and crisp. If you master this skill, you will have the most beautiful flower close-up shot.
Choose Your Angles
Flowers are stationary, but you are not. Adjust your positioning and get on the flower’s level, as the best floral photos are taken from unique angles. Angle it away!
In my mind, art is inherently about expressing that which is unique, not reinventing images from the same mold. — Cathy Malchiodi PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT
Utilize Your Surroundings
Get creative with your photos as any setting can provide an opportunity for imagination. Frame your photos with various surroundings. You can use props or simply, the beauty of wildlife. Holding a flower in your hand can be captivating while having insects and wildlife can give your photo a very primal feeling.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. The world is your canvas, and the beauty of photography is that you can express your perspective in a visual form. Always keep your camera ready for a perfect shot as you never know when it might bloom.