Flower Photography Techniques
Saturday, 30 October 2010 11:51
You want to photograph flowers, but how? Flowers are ideal subjects of your photograph. Here are some flower photography tips that can improve your shots however, Let's have a look.
You want to photograph flowers, but how? Flowers are ideal subjects of your photograph. Flower photography is an art and cannot be summarized in one article. Here are some flower photography tips that can improve your shots however, Let's have a look.
Know Your subjects
Just as with animal wildlife, First you must knowing your subject. Each species has different flowering times. Flowers may not be at their best towards the end of a flowering period. Get a good plant field guide to let you know what habitats your target flowers thrive in.
Like many types of outdoor photography the best time to shoot starts just an hour before dusk, until you can not see detail clearly on the flower/s you are shooting. If the day is cloudy you can shoot earlier. First morning light is also good, but many gardens are closed early in the morning. The best season to shoot is generally late spring. Many flowers are at their prime then, if you wait until summer you may find summer flowers to shoot but many of the spring flowers are starting to wilt, or already gone.
Macro flower shot
You'll need a camera that is capable of close-up photography for this. Have your camera and lens on a tripod and ready to shoot. Set your camera to Aperture Priority mode. Set your aperture to f/4. Set your ISO at 400. Set your White Balance to AWB.
For a macro photograph, consider not only the type of flower but also the structures within the flower that will be the subject of your photograph. Select a perfect specimen, and determine the angle you will use to focus on your selected subject.
Background is still an issue, but for most extreme macro photography, very little background will show as your subject fills the entire frame. Check for undesirable shadows that may cross your picture. Some times our own shadows is the undesirable one. Be sure the flower is well-lit, using back or sidelighting to show off the flower's texture and delicate translucency.
Focus your center focusing point on the part of the flower you want in focus. Press the shutter release button down to lock your focus. If the flower starts swaying a little in the wind, be patient. Keep the focus locked until the flower stops swaying. Then fully press the shutter button down to capture the shot. Remember you have a shallow depth of field. If the flower starts moving and you take the shot anyway, it will be out of focus.
Now you've enjoyed these flower photography techniques, you'll capture stunning, color rich flower pictures and display them on your walls.
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