With spring already here, it’s fun being outdoors and start discovering nature and taking beautiful pictures especially on flower photography and some wonderful landscapes you can visit close by. As spring flowers start to come out everywhere, it’s easy to take some flower photography images in the garden, but how do you make your flower photography look amazing? Check out these Flower nature photograph tips on making your images pop and hopefully you can use some of these cool techniques when you want to bring your photography game up a notch.
Flower and nature photography – tips on making your images pop (easy to learn technique)
How to capture gorgeous floral imagery and beautiful landscapes
Nature and flower photography is addictive once you practise and master all these tips and techniques below to create gorgeous imagery. Learn to master many of these easy technical and practical ideas focusing on composition, backgrounds, lighting and other photo techniques you can look out for or easily manipulate, pre-visualize while you develop more camera skills to portray the best of nature and floral photography.
Tip – explore your garden or public gardens at different times of the day and observe how the light looks on these plants and flowers. You’ll notice that capture gorgeous details and scenes are usually not in the middle of the day but in the morning and late afternoon when the light is not so harsh and the golden hour does create a more inviting scene.
Here’s how to make your flowers and landscape photography pop!
There are many easy and simple things you can do to create amp up your flower, plant and landscape photography. Try all these technques below and you’ll start developing a keen eye for what works personally in your photography.
Get really close to your subject
Of all the easiest flower photography ideas, getting those close up details of a grouping of flowers or even single flower blooms or isolating a single bloom becomes more dynamic and interesting as a composition. Using a dedicated macro lens allows for focusing on objects with all the fine details. Another alternative would be to use a telephoto lens with zoom to focus on your subject in a focal range you are happy with.
Cropping out distracting elements
When you do detailed photography of flowers in a presentation make sure to find simple backgrounds or clear up your background from cluttered distractions. You can easily move things around by changing positions of where you are taking the photograph and looking at different angles and places to focus on your subject. Try to crop out distracting or glaring details in the background and make those compositions tighter. Re-compose your images constantly to find the best compositions, take out unnecessary details and train your eye better to create more interesting viewpoints. Last, don’t be afraid of zooming tighter to get a close-up of your subject, your audience will spend more time looking at all the details in your photograph.
Use a shallow depth of field
Along with cropping out distractions and doing close-up images, changing your f-stop on digital SLR cameras to a shallow depth of field (usually around f2/8 – f/4, anything in a low aperture range) will make the backgrounds blend in and become softer. This in turn creates a pleasing background, and makes the subject pop out from the composition.
Focus on sharpness
If your main focus is on the flower, concentrate on highlighting the key details with your autofocus, and make sure they are spot on sharp. Target your autofocus directly on the main subject and then recompose the image to create a more pleasing composition. Larger groupings will require a bigger aperture like a f/9 to f/11 setting to get all the various details into focus so change your apertures accordingly. For selective focus, try switching to manual mode so you can manually focus sharpness to the appropriate areas of the subject that you want to highlight.
Using a tripod especially in macro flower photography is helpful and using a remote release also helps tremendously in keeping the camera solid and stable.
Photograph on cloudy overcast days
Cloudy days are perfect for nature and flower photography because it creates an even filtered light on your subject so this is a great time to work on flowers, nature and isolated outdoor images that you want to capture. Even light compliments the flower details and its delicate features, eliminating harsh shadows or bright hot spots on your subject.
Try for backlighting your images
Backlight happens when the sun is directly in front of you and lights up the subject from behind. Flowers that are delicate and translucent, create a wonderful glow effect that brightens up the subject and creates a dynamic and glowing composition. Just make sure when you try this technique that you avoid any glare or flare-ups occurring to your camera lens and distracts from the overall image.
Try photographing during the ‘Golden Hour’
One of the basic nature photography ideas is to shoot during the Golden Hour. The early morning or early evening hours when the sun is close to the horizon presents the best warm light on any subject including plants and flowers. Try shooting during this timeframe when the golden light is happening, it is the best time to be outdoors and find some interesting subjects to photograph. Take the time to study how the light hits your subject, experiment, find the best angles to shoot and your photos will look incredible.
Avoid windy days
Windy days are very difficult to capture detail or macro images of flowers and its best to avoid taking pictures in this condition unless you are going for a different effect on your photography. The best situation is to take pictures of your subject in a protected area away from the wind or try a different timeframes (like mornings) when the wind factor is minimized. Last, take photos of your subject indoors if you can bring your arrangements or any subject indoors.
Create a different viewpoint
Trying different angles and perspective will create more interesting and dynamic imagery to your subject. Photographing flowers from above, the bottom, behind, backlit or any other interesting angles will create a different take from the typical formats and will create better presentations. This is a great way to experiment and train your eye to see things differently and create unusual or interesting viewpoints with your photography. Looking at flowers from different vantage points and capturing something unique makes your images fresh and more exciting to view than the standard approaches to photographing flowers and plants.
Light it up
Any flowers that are in shade or in boring flat light can be lit up using reflectors or flash to add highlights and depth to the subject. Try to find the right balance of shade and light to best focus on your subject matter whether it is lit naturally or with other tools to highlight your subject.
This is a great time to be outdoors and enjoy nature, wildflowers or the beauty of a garden. Go outside, find something inspiring and enjoy experimenting with your camera. Try out any combinations of the techniques and tips mentioned above and your presentation and photography skills will improve. Last, take a look at this earlier post I wrote earlier focusing on general tips on travel photography, using your camera and composition.
Photograph en masse
There’s nothing like capturing a whole field of wildflowers when the timing is perfect. Part of this situation requires planning ahead of time, checking to see where the wildflowers are starting to make an appearance and planning a time to actually go out there to shoot. when you make a little effort and plan the details, you’ll really be inspired to go out explore and be creative. It just takes a little bit of time and reasearch to get you where you have all of the right opportunities to photograph something unique or inspiring.
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Conclusion on Flower and nature photography tips and techniques
Hopefully this ideas and techniques will help you to practice and focus on your techniques and do this on a regular basis. Practice and experimenting constantly will help you to develop your eye and composition techniques in your nature and floral studies.
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