Flower photography requires good light, good composition and a bit of patience. If you can nail these down, you’re golden!
As the name implies, flower photography is about creating and capturing images of flowers.
Anyone with a digital camera can easily take photos of flowers and many do. However, consistently capturing creative photos of flowers is an art form.
What is important in this type of photography is preparation!
Before you begin, ask yourself a few questions:
Do you want to get in close or go wide?
What is the point of interest? Stem? Color? Texture? etc.
How do you want to shoot it? Up high? Low?
How do you want to light it?
These are just a few of the questions that you need to ask yourself.
Close Ups and Different Perspectives
A lot of the flower photos that I take are close up photos. This is known as macrophotography.
By getting in tight to the flowers, you usually present the flower in a way that is not normally seen by the human eye.
This is how you can entice the viewer to get deeper into your photo.
Another way to draw interest into your photos is to shoot from an angle that is not normally used by a someone.
Sometimes, this will mean that you have to get on your stomach and shoot straight or even up.
Depth of Field
For this type of photography, it is best to keep a shallow depth of field. This will ensure focus on the flower and it will blur any distracting backgrounds.
If you shoot flowers in the garden or in the field, you will want to ensure that you draw the viewer inside the flower.
Minimize the distractions, get in close and ensure a shallow depth of field for best results.
One thing that I like to do with my flower photos is to make some subtle post-processing changes.
To add some “punch” to the photos, you might want to consider creating a vignette around the main subject.
Take a look at this photo here.
I found the background to be too distracting and it was taking away interest from the main bunch of flowers.
A simple vignette created the visual interest you now see.
You can easily do this with some image editors such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom.
I use both but I find Adobe Lightroom to have a smoother workflow for this type of change.
Post-processing of photos is meant to enhance the final image. If you are too eager with this process, it may distract from your intended effect.
Flower photography is an art form. There are a number of photographers who specialize in this type of photography.
You don’t need to make this your main creative outlet but you may want to consider this. Macrophotography is about detail and the little things.
The more detail-oriented you are, the more your photography will stand out.
Good luck and happy shooting.