Flower Photography - How to Take Good Pictures

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To succeed at flower photography, you won't need any fancy equipment, but you will need to pay attention to detail. If you want to take beautiful flower pictures, like the ones in magazines, this article will help show you how you can do that with a digital compact camera.

Many of us have had the experience of taking a picture of a pretty flower that seemed picture perfect.

Another problem many new flower photographer enthusiasts find is that their pictures come out blurry and out of focus.

Blurry or poorly composed pictures are all things that are easy to avoid if you know what to do.

You should first always plan to take flower pictures when the lighting is good and the air is still (no wind). Even the most gentle breeze can cause enough of a quiver in the stem to create blur in a close up. Usually dawn is the best time of day when the wind is the calmest. This is also a time when you'll often find the best lighting.

But if you don't want to get up early, you can still get great flower pictures. You can also get good lighting the hour before sunset and anytime when there is bright overcast light. These times provide soft light without the harsh shadows. The times just after dawn and before sunset add a warm glow. And if it's always breezy, set up a blind or makeshift windbreak.

The other big reason for out of focus flower pictures is from using improper camera settings. Depending on how close of a shot you want, set your camera to Portrait or Macro. The latter allows you to shoot from within one inch to a foot (check the camera's manual). If you're using a camera with manual settings, choose a wide aperture (a small F Stop number). All of the settings just discussed will make the flower more sharply focused but will make the background more fuzzy.

Once you find a pretty flower, now it's time to turn it into the perfect flower photo.

  • Look for a flower with pristine undamaged petals. You can also "pretty" up a flower that may have 1 or 2 ragged petals, by simply removing the petals. If removing the petals will leave a gap then leave it alone and move on to another flower.
  • Look for anything on the flower than could distract from the picture like tiny bugs or pieces of dirt and gently remove them with a soft paintbrush or makeup brush.
  • For a dewy look, gently sprinkle or spay the petals with a few drops of water.


Next it's time to compose your picture.

  • Look at the flower from different positions to see what angle looks best in your viewfinder or preview LCD. Make sure to look for shadows and other things in the background that may not look good in your picture. Notice how the light plays from different angles. Also look at the flower from various vantage points. Try lying on the ground for a bug's eye view or holding the camera high above the flower for a bird's eye view.
  • Make sure that if you're leaning over the flower you don't cast a shadow on it. If the flower is backlit, you can avoid lens flare by wearing a broad brim hat or by using a lens shade to block light from entering the lens.
  • You also want to look at the background tones. Contrasting tones will add depth and make your flower stand out.

Once you find the best angle to take the flower, fill the viewfinder with the flower and use classic composition methods like the "rule of thirds" to position the flower in the best position in the camera frame.

Once you have your picture composed how you want, focus on the part of the flower that you want to be the most focused. Then holding very steady, press the shutter.

As you can see from the tips in this article, flower photography is all about paying attention to detail. And how you display your flower photo also makes a difference so make sure to display it in a picture frame that compliments it.

Autumn Lockwood loves taking pictures and is a writer for YourPictureFrames.com. Your Picture Frames offers a diverse selection of picture frames in a variety of finishes, colors, styles and sizes. If you're looking for a gallery picture frame or a quality wood photo frame give us a call or visit us at => YourPictureFrames.com

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