The burst of color spring presents us with is always too fleeting. Golden daffodils and scarlet tulips retreat underground for another year. How to preserve the magic? With photographs, of course!
I found some great tips for taking better flower photos at Digital Photography School. I've summarized the info, but here's a link to the article if you want more info: http://digital-photography-school.com/photographing-flowers
Preparation is Key-Getting your gear together and in working order, choosing the right lens, having a tripod set up and then preparing to take the image.
Highlight Your Subjects-A question worth a little extra consideration – ‘what distractions are there in the background and foreground?’ You can often remove distracting elements without altering your subject. Changing the angle of your camera can also help to disguise unwanted areas of your composition.
Don't Ignore the Dead, Marked, or Dying Flower-Sometimes carcasses of flowers can present you with wonderful subject matter. While the perfect flower is the one you’ll probably be drawn to first sometimes the more interesting shot is the ‘ugly duckling’ beside it.
Identify a Focal Point-As in all types of photography you need to think about where you want your viewers eye to be drawn. Consider setting it off centre using the rule of thirds – but do find something in your frame that will grab your viewer’s eye and carefully think about how to position it.
Go Abstract-Sometimes going in extra close and focusing in on a part of the flower can create wonderful and unusual images that take on an abstract quality. Look for contrasting colors, patterns and textures.
Focus is Key-Sharp focus is important in all forms of photography but in flower Macro photography it is crucial and even a tiny adjustment can have massive implications for your shot as the depth of field is so small.
Lighting-Ideally your subject will be wonderfully lit without you needing to offer any assistance, however the world of outdoor macro photography is often far from ideal and there might be a need to intervene with either artificial light or some kind of reflector.
Lenses-if you have a camera that allows interchangeable lenses (DSLR and some prosumer cameras) you might like to consider buying a purpose built macro lens.
These tips seem to hit the important basics of flower (and still life) photography. As always, I think the best way to learn to become a better photographer is to get out and shoot some photos!
PS I've included some of our flower photographs in this post. Please don't hesitate to share yours on our Facebook page!