Flower Photography

Flower Photography Tips and Tricks -How to Do Flower Photography?

Does capturing flowers through your lens interest you?

But finding the right shot seems challenging! Sometimes, you wish for a great location to get a good shot.

Believe me,

You don’t have to find an exotic location or a cool place to click stunning photographs.

Flower photography is not as difficult as you may think it is. You just need to be creative, resourceful, and smart.

Here is a comprehensive list of tips that can enhance your flower photography:

So, let’s get started.

Flower Photography Tips & Tricks

When working in a natural environment, the weather is a critical factor. It can make or break your shots. Another is lighting. However, it takes time to master the art of controlling light during flower photography. Follow these tips to leverage the weather to capture stunning shots.

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Don’t miss the overcast days!

When the sky is filled with clouds, what it means for you is limited lighting, no harsh shadows and lights, and a uniform exposure.

So an overcast day is a flower photography day!

The best time for clicking pictures is mid-day. You can avoid blurring images and high magnifications.

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Flower Photography on clear and sunny days

Make the sunlight your backlight. Bright light causes harsh shadows and overexposure. 

  • To control lighting, position yourself in front of the sun so that the sunlight acts as a backlight and gives the delicate petals a soft glow. 
  • The best time to get your camera out for flower photography is when the sun is closer to the horizon.

Another trick is to find a subject that is not exposed directly to bright light. Look for flowers in shade. Find flowers that are under a tree, or in the shadow of a building, tree, or another flower.

What to do when the lighting is too dim?

You can use a flashlight during the day to neutralize the harsh shadows and balance out the lighting.

  • To get an interesting shadow effect, stand between the flower and the sun. You’ll get amazing results.
  • If working indoors, use a ring light to gain more clarity.

Read our top 10 Low Light Photography Tips To Help You Take Stunning Photos In Dark here.

Now, how do you capture flower shots in the natural light?

Simple. Pick the right time to click photos — when the lighting is neither too bright nor too dim. It is usually around sunset and sunrise. 

Next comes the windy days.

The wind is not really a friend when it comes to flower photography. Wind acts as a barrier as it blows the delicate flowers. Too much motion caused leads to blurred photographs.

  • This is why choose a time when the wind is at rest. It is usually during the early morning.
  • If you can get your subject matter in your studio, go for indoor flower photography. 
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But what about when it’s raining?

Think of it as an opportunity to click interesting pictures. Just wait for the rain to end and you’ll get more unique visuals to capture.

The water droplets on petals and leaves reflect light that adds visual interest. Play with the lighting and angles.

Now we’ll talk about backgrounds.

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Simplify your background

A rule of good flower photography is that every element should lead the viewer’s eye to the subject matter. Our subject is flowers. Find an angle or arrange the elements in such a way that the viewer’s attention is on the flower.

  • Sometimes, the background is too cluttered that it distracts the viewer’s eye. Keep it tidy.  
  • Make sure that the background complements the subject. You can use grass and bushes as a background. They complement the flowers and are less distracting.
  • Stay away from the background or increase the distance between the ground and the subject.
  • You can also make your background blurry. However, this does not mean that it could be untidy with too many elements. Blurred or not, human beings are curious creatures. It’s easier to get distracted if we spot too many elements.

Use the sky as a background. Aim your camera towards the sky. Click from a lower angle to capture a nice and clear sky as the background. 

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When nothing works, create artificial backgrounds. A simple sheet of paper or cardboard can do wonders. You can even use colored, glittered, or patterned sheets to add effects. For more dynamic contrast, use black backgrounds. It will bring more focus on the colors of the flowers and add a very artistic touch.

Avoid Motion Blur

Blurred shots are one of the common problems when you’re starting. Even a slight camera shake can ruin the photograph. Moreover, flowers are also always in motion.

  • Increasing the shutter speed can solve the problem. Keep it to at least 1/125th. You can also use a tripod to avoid the camera shake. 
  • Another hack is to use “Burst” mode. Click a sequence of pictures. You’ll have at least one good shot.
  • Use shallow depth: Use a wide aperture a low f-number and increase the distance between subject and background. Come as close as your can to the flower.  Blur the background and bring slight sharpness to the flower.

 When it’s hard to focus. Turn off autofocus. Manual focus.

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Indoor Flower Photography

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Taking shots indoor can be more fun as you have more control over several factors like arrangement, lighting, and compositions. You can play with your subject more and create more impactful images.

  • To give a natural glow to your subject, try using sunlight from windows.
  • Use flower vases, wooden tabletops, and plain walls as props.
  • Capture the shadows on the wall. 

For more tips about indoor photography, you can check out our previous blog here.

Play with Compositions

It’s easier to click the standard shots. And this could be the reason why your flower photography is not standing out and all your photos look similar. It’s time that you move on from eye-level shots.

  • Play with angles and perspectives. Get on your knees or bend sideways. 
  • You can imagine other creatures’ views and shoot them. 
  • For instance, think of a worm. How would it see the flower? What would be its view?
  • Try to capture it. Be creative. It might seem silly but the results will be surprising. This is a great way to practice and unlock your creative block.
  • Keep experimenting and don’t stick with a few.

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  • Fill the entire frame. Crop creatively. 
  • Okay, now you might be worrying about chopping the edges. 
  • You should not. 
  • You can create interesting photos even with a single flower with this trick. The petals act as a background. These photographs are more impactful and pull attention to the intricate details of the flower.
  • If you’re using your iPhone, don’t bring it too close. Pull the phone back and tap to focus.
  • Use grids and standard composition rules for balanced arrangements.

Experiment with camera settings. It will give you more control over the variables and help you master sharpness, focus, and exposure.

Post-Production Process

Do not limit your post-production process to enhancing photos. Play with effects. Whether you’re using an editing app on your phone or working with software, play with different effects. Distortion a part, adding watercolor painting effect, or turning photos into black and white. All can be fun.

If you stick to the standard process of refining details, have standard preset settings. It can help you save time.

To have sharp photos, focus on one point and use it as an anchor.

Here are some more hacks that can help you elevate your flower photography game:

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Place a lightbox behind the subject to give an illuminating effect. It gives a subtle glow to the petals and the subject pops out.

  • Sometimes, a slight rearrangement of the elements can be helpful. It could be using a white sheet as a background or adjusting a branch for more exposure. At these times, a helping hand comes in handy.
  • If you want to click pictures with rainwater droplets, use a spray bottle, watering can, or hosepipe to sprinkle water. 
  • Don’t think of insects or worms as a distraction. Instead, incorporate them as a visual element to your pictures. To keep them fixed in one place, you can use sugar to attract them. 
  • Empty spaces can be good. Your background does not always need patterns, textures, or props. 
  • If you are in a creative slump, then take inspiration from others. Go through Pinterest or Instagram. Follow other photographers and study their compositions.
  • Whether you pursue it as a hobby or as a profession, it will be instrumental in honing your craft.
  • If you are a beginner starting off with your smartphone, then here are our pro tips and top tools to make your journey easier. 

We hope these tips will level up your game!

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