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.
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.