How to Photograph Flowers
Flower is one of the most beautiful things rendered by god to us. Even an infant can easily recognize the beauty and attraction of the flowers. Shooting these beautiful flowers with your camera is not only an art to be learnt but it is also a good pastime helping you to improve your photography skills. Moreover pictures so taken render beauty to your home or office walls.
There are many ways to shoot the flowers. One way of shooting flowers is to take their pictures in their natural setup. The other way is to buy flowers from a flower shop and then shoot them in a studio setting.
Here are some tips for aspiring photographers of flowers:
Start early in the morning
If you want to photograph the flowers in their natural setting then it is mandatory for you to wake up early in the morning and photograph the natural set up of the flowers even before the sun heats up. It has two major benefits. The first is that there is far less wind in the morning which helps to shoot them without any blur. The second reason is that early morning dew on the flower petals enhance the beauty of your picture.
Don't Photograph in Direct Sunlight
Don't shoot flowers in direct sunlight. Plants look beautiful with naked eyes while the sun is shining bright but neither a film nor a digital camera can adjust with the increased contrast. Overcast conditions are the best settings for such photography. Although there is an exception to this rule that sunlight is helpful to create dark shadow behind your sunlit object.
Use Lower ISO Settings for a Digital Camera
Use lower ISO setting such as ISO 100 to avoid the noise in your image.
Always Use a Tripod
To shoot in a close range increases the chances of camera shake, so it is desirable to use a Tripod whenever possible. It doesn't only protects your shoots from getting blurred but it also helps minimizing your picture-taking process, so now you can devote more time and efforts in concentrating on the composition of the image.
Use a 1:1 Macro Lens
Choosing right lens for a particular shot also enhances the glory of your shots. The Tamron 90mm is the best lens recommended by most of the professional photographers.
'Everything must be pin-sharp' rule can be violated
Most of the professional suggests that a close-up picture must be pin-sharp. But shooting plants and flowers doesn't always adhere to this rule. Some of all time favorite pictures show only some portion in focus. Keep on practicing and experimenting.
Blurring the Background
Always use a large aperture like f5.6 in order to avoid a fuss and distracting background. Using camera's depth of field preview feature helps blurring the background.
Shoot from different angles
Shoot the flowers from different angles. Shoot straight down, from the sides, from the underneath and so on .
Spring season is the best time of the year to shoot the real and natural beauty of flowers.