Spring is here and the flowers are blooming in many parts of the world. As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, my love of photography began when I started taking photos of flowers, so I thought I would share a few tips on how to improve your flower photos while out Camera Walking
Tip #1: Go out when the sky is overcast, because cloudy days are the best! Sure we all love the bright sunny days, or the ones that have the clouds billowing in the skies, but the colors of the flowers are richest when the sky is overcast. When you encounter a cloudy day, that is the day for shooting flowers.
Tip #2: Capture the light through your flowers. Backlighting your flowers gives them a wonderful glow. Although you can adjust some of the exposure in post processing, it helps to expose properly, so that the highlights are not blown out.
Tip #3: Get closer. If you think you are close, get closer as long as you do not lose the focus. I personally like photos that capture a tight shot of the flower, not the entire flower, but just a portion of it. Ideally you would use a macro lens, but the best way to use a macro lens is on a tripod. I find carrying a tripod, unless it is a light weight one, hampers my walking, so I just use the zoom on my camera to get up close.
Tip#4: Avoid busy backgrounds. Compose your shot so that the viewer’s attention goes to the flowers, and is not distracted by the background.
Tip#5: Use a shallow depth of field. Shooting wide open, the lowest number that you have on your lens, will give you a shallow depth of field. Pay attention to where you focus on the flower, as the rest will have more bokeh. Conversely, if you want to get a very sharp, crystal clear photo of a flower, then dial up your aperture to a larger number. I often shoot between 7.1-11F stop when I want to get a very crisp photo with less bokeh.
Tip#6: Change your point of view. As you might do in your landscape photos, moving around to change the view of the flower can result in some interesting shots. I see people getting down on the ground to get a good view. Experiment and see what you enjoy the most.
Spring is a wonderful time of year to get out and go out Camera Walking to appreciate the beauty of the blooming flowers. There is much to capture while walking, but remember that in between the stops you make to take photos, walk briskly, so you can reap the benefits of health, fitness, and creativity.
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