Flowers are a popular photo subject because they’re inherently pretty, and they’re easy to make look beautiful in a photo. If you’re looking to take your flower photos to the next level and turn them into works of art for your wall, check out these eight tips for fabulous flower photos.
- Get close: Flowers have lots of interesting, intricate details that you aren’t going to see unless you get up close and personal. Use your camera’s macro setting, if it has one, or combine zooming in with getting as physically close as you can.
- Use a tripod: When you’re zoomed in all the way or extremely close to the flower, the slightest movement may cause blur or adversely affect your composition. Use a tripod or other support for crisper flower photos.
- Crop creatively: Keep the rule of thirds in mind — you don’t have to center everything in the middle of the frame. Use petals as leading lines to invite the viewer’s eye to move across the photo or to create interesting negative space.
- Focus selectively: Get close to the flower and use a large aperture to create a very shallow depth of field and focus on one small part of the bloom. The rest will become a beautifully abstracted blur, which lets the viewer concentrate on the portion that’s in focus.
- Let your light shine: Sunlight is the best light source, but it isn’t always shining in the direction you’d like. Use your flash or a reflector to fill in shadows. A reflector can be as simple and cheap as a sheet of white poster board, or use gold to add warmth to the photo. Reflectors can also double as a windbreak, keeping the flower from blowing around.
- Boost saturation: Flowers are colorful things, so show off that color. Increase the color saturation either by changing your camera’s saturation setting or by using a photo editing program on your computer after you’ve taken the shot.
- Try black and white: On the opposite end of the spectrum, try something different: Convert your flower photos to black and white and let the shapes, lines and forms showcase their beauty without the distraction of color.
- Add dew drops: Professional photographers don’t wait for that perfect morning dew to shoot flowers; they make their own. Bring a spray bottle filled with water and spray it on the petals to create perfect dew drops any time of day. For bigger drops, mix a little glycerin with the water.
Almost any of these tips can be combined together to make spectacular images and even better one-of-a-kind wall decor. Try a close crop with selective focus and boosted saturation for a knockout abstract image. You are limited only by your own creativity. Before you know it, you will be the envy of all your green-thumbed friends.
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