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Capturing Flowers on Camera

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

Capturing Flowers on Camera

I want to start by saying you don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture great pictures of flowers. I mean, you could be taking pictures at a botanical garden or of a red rose from your own garden and your pictures can turn out just as good. But, of course, there are some basic guidelines you should keep in mind when taking pictures of flowers, so let’s check them out!

Get in the Right Light

It’s been said that it’s best to wait for a bright mid-day sun before you start taking pictures of flowers. But, in all actuality, that’s one of the worst times, because the powerful sunlight can wash out your image and create harsh shadows. Instead, it’s advised to take pictures when it’s overcast or in the morning or evening when the sun isn’t so bright. Doing that will result in more saturated colors in the blooms of the flowers.

Choose a Focus

You must be sure to have a focal point. Whether it’s a cluster of brightly colored flowers or just one blossom, be sure you pay close attention to everything in your frame. It’s also good to keep an eye on distractions or items that are unattractive in the foreground or background. If you encounter something like that, it’s best to move into another focal position.

Keep It Steady

A potentially stunning flower picture can be ruined by something as simple as human nature, such as a shaky hand. Even if you think your hand is steady, you might be surprised with your results. It’s best to keep your options open by carrying a tripod around with you. That will eliminate the shaky hand syndrome and your pictures will turn out even better!

Get on the Right Level

When you’re photographing flowers, it’s advised to move around and not just stand in one place. You should try getting down onto the same level with the flower, stand above it or even shoot underneath it. It’s also good to play around with the distances of how close or far away you are from the flower.

Add a Little Spice

It’s best not to just shoot the flowers, but also look for some unique ways to capture the flowers. You could try framing the flower with something natural in the environment, such as dangling vines. Sometimes insects on flowers make for an interesting picture as well.

Spring is here and the flowers are blooming, so get outside and take some of your own great flower photos!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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