Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10 ideas to improve your flower photography

The famous American painter O’Keeffe wrote: “I hate flowers - I paint them because they're cheaper than models and they don't move”...
The comparison between flowers and models makes sense and may not be as paradoxical as it seems at first, because every flower has its individuality just as humans do.
 As Henry Ward Beecher said, “flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals.  Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock”.
 Keep that in mind while photographing flowers.
Almost every person who has a camera experiences the flower photography.

There are several tips for your floral photos.




Your background is as important as your foreground, find the background which contrasts well with the flower, and has no distracting elements.






 


Shoot at the overcast (or cloudy) day when there’s soft light which demonstrates the delicacy of a flower.





  









  Choose different angles.














 Isolate the flower from its surroundings by using a relatively large aperture (e.g. f/4 or even larger) when taking the photo.






 




Use the natural light which will generally give less shadow and lit the background behind the flower well.





 







Use landscape style. When you come across a field of flowers, you'll most likely want to take a photo of the whole scene. Include some foreground, middle-ground, and background in your photo to create a sense of depth.








  





Move closer.


















Create life style compositions, including flowers.










 




Don’t forget about blossoming trees.
















Have fun and enjoy the time you spend shooting flowers!







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