04/06/12

Photography Course: Florals

Flowers are always fun to photograph because it is a beautiful subject that smells incredible and will always cooperate, as long as the sun doesn’t get in the way.  Photography Course: Florals.

 Photography Course: Florals

We have a Botanical Garden near us and we enjoy going there to take pictures of our kids, but when they wear out, we have a blast trading off between shots competing for the best picture of flowers!  Hmmm, I should have you be the judge one of these weeks!

When using your digital camera to photograph flowers, as with most things, early sun is usually less harsh, and the wind is calmer giving you more control over your photography.  Change your camera to manual and set your aperture low so you have a lot of bocce in the background.  As always, if your lighting is good, you want to keep your ISO low, we usually set our camera at ISO 100 when we have great lighting so that we don’t have to worry about having any noise in our photographs.  Be sure that your flash is NOT on!  Adjust the settings until you have the right setting without flash.

Begin by taking a picture of your favorite plant.  Examine all the flowers on the plant and decide which bloom is speaking to you most.  Start close up to the flower, only capturing a portion and then move back until you have a photograph of the bigger picture.  Each time you shoot, double check that your camera is metered for the depth adjustments you’ve made.  Each shot is going to offer a completely different emotion.

Both of our preference in photographing flowers, is to shoot simple looks.  Try to focus your photography on one flower rather than the mass.  Professional pictures always have a simple background and focus on a simple element.  Distracting, overcrowded pictures are never appealing to the eye.  As always, my simple bloggy photography courses can be found here.

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Comments

  1. realy very nice i just feel that the real flowers are infornt of my eyes…. Really amazing job.. wel don and this is what we say WOW…

  2. Jana@Transformations From the Heart says:

    Beautiful photos. I’ve been going through some of your past posts on photography and learning some tips, thanks by the way~I need all the help I can get on how to take great looking photos. I’ve always been an automatic girl when it comes to taking photos but I have a great camera just need to learn how to use it in manual mode. I’m now your newest follower~will be back to look at more of your tips and hopefully learn something along the way.

  3. poppilinnstudios says:

    Beautiful photos and thanks for the tips! I’m still learning how to use my camera!
    -Lynn

  4. LDH says:

    Hello! Stopping by for the first time and linked to this lovely post. Looking forward to perusing many more of your posts 🙂

    Kindly, Lorraine

  5. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com says:

    Thanks Heather! I’m so glad you came by through Tip Junkie…love her blog!!! And thanks SO MUCH for your sweet note! I hope that your week is off to a great start! XO, Aimee

  6. Janette - The2Seasons says:

    Thanks for the tips. They are always needed.

  7. samsstuff says:

    Great tips, simple is better! You don’t want the eye wandering all over the shot, not knowing where to look, you want the focus to be on the subject of the shot. Stopping by from Creative Me to say hi & check out your blog. I love the PhotoFriday meme. Spring just started for us, so no spring shots yet, I’m hoping to get some soon.

  8. Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles says:

    Thank you so much for the party! My hubby never misses your PhotoFriday! He likes your lessons!

  9. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says:

    My daughter Bridget told me about your photography info and blog. She’s link #22. I look forward to learning more about photography from you. Thanks for being so generous with your knowledge. It’s much appreciated.