Flower Photography Tips
After you master the technical building blocks of photography (aperture, ISO, shutter speed), you are free to let your personal style shine through.
I love photographing flowers because it is an opportunity to find what is unique about each bloom and find a way visually to express that to others. In some cases, you will want to show incredible details, and in others, you want to leave things to the imagination of your viewer. You can do that by cropping, using a very shallow depth of field, or using a specialty soft focus lens. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
I always start my process by just experiencing and viewing flowers. It is a peaceful experience for me, so I try and communicate that zen-like peaceful feeling via my images. I only pick up the camera after I make the connection with my subject and I have an idea of what I want to try and share with my viewers.
For example, in the rose photo at the top of this article, I was captivated by the lines and form of this flower. I tend to photograph roses to highlight these characteristics. Over time, you will begin to discover how you like photographing specific flowers. I tend to highlight the form and shape of Iris flowers from a side view and for Calla lilies, it is about the elegant form and style of these flowers for me versus capturing the details. People will begin to recognize your style and associate you with your photographs. Lines, form, shape, light, and shadows are the building blocks to many of your images.
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A common mistake that many photographers make is to always photograph flowers from a top-down perspective. This is how most people view flowers because they are at our knee or below as we walk past them. There is an opportunity for you to share new perspectives with your viewers that they may otherwise never see. Get down low to the ground, use light to your advantage and show them something they wouldn't normally get to see. Let them see your flowers through your eyes.
In my flowers gallery, you will see a variety of perspectives that I use to share my love for flowers.
Force yourself to leave the camera in your bag until you can't stand it any longer. Then, try and transform your feelings and experience and visually communicate them through your images. The ability to express emotions via a two-dimensional image will set you apart from the pack.
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