We all do it right…take pictures of flowers.
I mean, I do.
It’s hard not to snap a photo of something pretty, cool or interesting when you have a camera right in the palm of your hand disguised as a phone.
In this post, we’re going to talk specifically about flowers and how you can UP your flower picture taking game. But..just know, these simple tips could apply to lots of different subjects so start snapping!
Tip 1.. Composition
For me, composition is everything. If your photo isn’t “composed” right, it’s not going to do your subject the justice that it deserves.
Rule Of Thirds
Rule of thirds…you might have heard of this but if not, here’s how it works..imagine a grid of 9 equal sections over the top of your photo.
Some cameras or phones actually have this grid as an option.
Try to put the focal point of your subject in the top or bottom third of the photo either on the left or right side.
OR..center your subject right down the middle!
Either one works for me.
Tip 2.. Is Close Up or “Macro”
If your camera will allow it, try getting close in for some juicy macro photography.
Some cameras or phones aren’t great for macro but get as close as you can, focus in tight, hold steady and shoot!
If you have a good camera for macro, try using a tripod and get in as close as your lens will focus…set your drive to a two second delay to prevent shake and fire away. You’ll be surprised at the results!
Tip 3.. Change Your Point Of View
Take several photos from different angles of the same flower. This sounds like a no brainer but sometimes we get in a hurry, walk up to a flower, point our phone and click without ever walking around the flower, bending down, getting a low angle or a high angle. Here are some examples to show the difference of the same flower shoot.
The first photo is just your run of the mill, walk up and shoot a photo with your cell phone and keep on moving shot.
Here are a few examples of the same flower but from different angles…
Tip 4..Depth Of Field
Depth of field refers to the distance between the nearest and the farthest object in a frame. What I am usually trying to accomplish in a flower or even a portrait photo is a “shallow” depth of field which means that the lens is focused on the nearest object in the frame and the rest of the photo will be out of focus. This shallow depth of field puts all the emphasis on the subject matter that you are focused on and none on the background.
Tip 5..Shooting Through
Let me explain what I mean here…
I call this method shooting through, in other words, you might have a field of flowers in the foreground but you are pulling your focus on a single flower two or three feet away. This gives a cool affect to your photo and isolates your subject even when it’s surrounded by flowers alike.
Check out these photos and you’ll see what I mean.
- Try to shoot on cloudy days or shade your flower subject if possible
- The wind is not your friend, try shooting early in the morning when it’s not as windy.
- Bring a small water spray bottle if possible and mist your flower for a wet look.
- Set your aperture as low as you can for a shallow depth of field.
- Angle your camera at the subject to achieve a diagonal rule of thirds.
- If it is windy, set your shutter speed on at least 250/1000 then adjust aperture and ISO accordingly.
- Go shoot some flowers and have fun.
2 Bonus Photos…
In this first photo, I used a spray bottle to achieve this water droplet look.
In this second photo, I held my camera on a diagonal to make the flower come across the frame from the bottom right corner, angling on a diagonal, with my focus being on the rule of thirds in the top left corner. Sometimes you can manipulate this in post processing by using the crop tool if you have enough room in your photo to achieve this look.
Thanks for checking out my 5 Tips To Taking Better Flower Photos blog post and if you have any questions or other tips that you would like to share, hit me up!