Here’s How to Photograph Flowers: What You Need to Know
As photographers, we get inspiration from the world around us. Flowers are a popular subject, so, we’ve created these handy tips to make the best of your shoot, from start to finish.
7 Tips for How to Photograph Flowers
1. Play Around With Light
Light can be a photographer’s best friend or worst enemy. Control the light to your advantage. A backlit flower looks like it’s glowing, and it can take your photo to the next level. Going on an overcast day with minimal, soft lighting is excellent for photographing flowers because you can get good exposure with minimal shadows and dark spots.
2. Photograph in the Morning
Shooting flowers in the morning means they’re covered in dewdrops! These little water droplets add a whimsical feel to your shot. Secret EyeQ tip: To get this dewy look without waking up early, you can pack a secret weapon in your camera bag: a spray bottle. Adding some glycerin to water and spraying it on a plant will create big, beautiful dewdrops that are sure to wow your viewers.
3. Use a Shallow Depth of Field
Using a shallow depth of field will make one part of your image sharp and the rest of the image soft and blurred. This is a very popular way to photograph flowers– it makes the viewer focus on the beautiful details of the bloom rather than letting it get lost in the background.
4. Avoid a Windy Day
The wind is the worst element to affect a flower while you are photographing it! You need your subject to stay still so that your image doesn’t blur. On a windy day, you have two options: bring a piece of cardboard to block the wind or take the flowers inside.
5. Pick a Focal Point
Take a moment to look at the flower and see which parts you think are interesting enough to photograph. Is it the petals? The stem? The colors? Of course, you can photograph a flower from all sorts of angles and get beautiful shots. Photographer Rob Oresteen always does a great job of this, and he edits his photos with Perfectly Clear!
6. Get Up Close and Personal
Our last tip on how to photograph flowers is to shoot them close up. If the single flower is going to be your main focal point, you need to get up close and personal. If you have a telephoto lens, you can zoom into the flower. However, you will most likely need to get an extension tube or a close-up filter to combat the minimum focusing distance. If you photograph flowers often, it might be a good idea to invest in a macro lens.
7. Time to Edit!
Now you have some fantastic shots, but did you know that your camera is not able to capture what you see precisely — even with optimum settings and the best camera? That’s where Perfectly Clear comes in.
With just one click, Perfectly Clear automatically adds up to 40 corrections to your photos to restore the rich and vibrant colors you shot, while still maintaining your natural look. (Don’t worry, you will maintain total control with strength sliders.)
Try the Great Outdoors and Landscape presets to optimize saturation and contrast, and add either a cooler or warmer look. Then, use additional finishing tools, and LOOKs to further edit the photo the way you’d like!
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