You Can Learn How To Take Better Pictures Of Flowers
If you are anything at all like me, you love to take pictures of nature. It is the handiwork of our Creator. The beauty and variety are amazing.
Each flower is an individual and unique picture. But getting good, sharp pictures does take some knowledge and skill. In fact, if you have the knowledge, the skill kind of falls into place.
So here are a few helpful hints for getting better pictures of flowers.
1. Shoot macro. If you are not familiar with the term macro, it simply means get up close and personal. A picture of a single flower has so much more impact than a picture of a group of flowers. You can see the minute details, and it is amazing the way each flower is formed. You don’t usually pay too much attention to these details until you have a computer screen filled with an individual flower.
2. Use Shallow Depth of Field. Sounds complicated, but it really is not. Depth of field is how much of the picture is in focus. When you have a shallow depth of field, the background of the picture will be blurred, making the flower POP out of the picture.
To accomplish this, set your camera on the Macro mode (look for the setting with a picture of a little flower). But if you are feeling really adventurous, set your camera on A or Av (see the mode dial for this setting), and use the setting with the smallest number, such as f/2.8 or f/3.5. Smaller numbers will give you the smallest (or shallowest) depth of field. Then get close enough to the flower to fill the camera frame with it. If will see that the background is blurred, you have done it!
3. A tripod is your best friend. You really need a steady camera, and a tripod is the best way to do that. When taking close up pictures, every little movement can be disastrous, resulting in a blurry picture. If a tripod is not handy, find another way to steady your camera. You can brace the camera against a tree or set it on a rock. Get creative.
4. Change your perspective. I used to wonder why photographers always crouched down when taking pictures. Now I know. Changing the angle of your shot adds interest. In the case of a flower, there are lots of different looks, depending on which way you position your camera.
So, take pictures on the same level as the flower, but also go lower or higher to see if there is any more interest. Also move around. Don’t just take your shots from directly in front of the flower.