Flower Photography Is Easy In The Spring
(here are a few tips that I have found helpful)
The first sign of spring for me is the daffodils.
Tip #1: Always have your camera handy.
I will never forget my first trip to visit the area where I now live. It was during Spring Break – April. I had to stop and take pictures of the daffodils by the side of the road even before we reached our destination. They were beautiful. I still love them.
Right along with the blooming of the daffodils comes the willow tree buds. It is truly amazing how one day there are a few tiny buds and the next day, the tree is practically covered with leaves. The color of the first leaves is quite different than later when the tree has settled into full leaf. It is more of a bright, lime green.. very refreshing.
- Bartlett pear trees
- Cherry trees – all varieties
- Creeping phlox
- Azaleas (just starting)
I will update as more flowers and trees awaken.
They are called “the Golden Hours” for a very good reason. Your so-called ability as a photographer is sometimes no more than knowing and following through on what you know. Every nature photographer will tell you that the best hours for flower photography are early or late, but I prefer early.
I love the dew drops that form just before dawn. And the light is so different than when the sun makes its way high into the sky.
Set your alarm clock if you must, but get out early.
Tip #3 – Change Your Perspective
Even though the flowers look fantastic, a normal picture as you stand in front will just get mild appreciation, and you will be disappointed most of the time. With flower photography, or any other type of photography, you need to really practice the concept of thinking about the final image as you shoot, not after it’s too late and you are looking at the images on your computer. Here are a few ideas to change your perspective.
- Get down on the level with your subject.
- Get under the subject and shoot up.
- Shoot through the foliage to capture the glint of sunlight.
- Change your position to add or eliminate from the background.
The details of flowers never cease to WOW me. Shoot a single blossom or even part of a flower. Make sure you steady your camera for this, possibly using a tripod or your camera bag as a tripod.
Tip #5 – Use Aperture Priority
This is a bit more techy, but it will pay off in spades. I usually go for a large aperture. Large apertures are the smaller numbers, like f/2.8 or f/4.
Using large apertures will give that nice blurry background that you desire. It sets the flower off as the star of your image.
I have written more about the subject of flower photography, especially Spring flowers at Squidoo. Here is the link: Photography Tips For Spring Flowers.