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Tips on photographing flowers

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  1. BE SELECTIVE. At a flower show , there is an enormous number of beautiful flowers. Don’t rush to photograph the first blossom you see. Find a plant with the best combination of form, color, lighting and background.
     
  2. ISOLATION. For ultimate impact, isolate your subject. Use a camera angle that reduces distracting elements, such as other flowers or people. Take the time to try capturing the flower from multiple angles, low angles, high angles, or moving to the right or left.  for ultimate control of the depth of field A wide lens aperture ( a lower-numbered f-stop on and SLR camera) will enhance this effect by softening the background.  for example a F1.4 prime lens.

     

  3. COMPOSITION. Your first thoughts may be to frame the flower in the centre of the viewfinder, but,  is not always the most aesthetic composition. Concentrate on what you see in the viewfinder, and recompose the picture until it looks the best to you. And don’t forget to try vertical framing, as well as horizontal.

  4. TRIPOD. Because the light in parts of the building is varied, you may be forced to use slow shutter speeds. In this situation, hand-holding your camera might result in vibrations and blurred pictures. . When using and DSLR camera on a tripod, cable a release can significantly reduce unwanted vibrations.

  5. PATIENCE. When photographing flowers outdoors, be aware of small breezes that might set the flowers in motion. Likewise, breezes can be caused indoors by the opening of a door or the brisk movement of people. For sharp picture, you must be prepared to wait for all movement to cease before releasing the shutter.

  6. ENVIRONMENT. Wonderful photographs can be created by showing the relationship of you subject to its environment. A simple way to achieve this is with a wide- angle lens on a SLR camera, or the wide mode on a dual-lens or zoom lens point-&-shoot camera. Position your subject as close as possible in the foreground.
  7. EXTREME CLOSE-UPS. Flowers take on an entirely different look when viewed in extreme close-up. Use your viewfinder indicators to move in as close as possible, while still maintaining sharp focus. If you are using a 35mm SLR camera, your macro (close-up) capabilities can be extended with accessories such as a macro lens, a macro teleconverter, or even screw-on supplementary close-up lenses or extension tubes for your present lenses.

  8. THE WHOLE PICTURE. Consider the whole plant when you photograph, and not just the colorful bloom. Examine the fascinating textures and geometries of leaves, seed pods and fallen petals.
  9. EXPERIMENT! Don’t be afraid to shoot a few extra pictures. Try different angles and different lighting. Also depict your subject from several different viewpoints.
  10. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. If your picture don’t convey what you saw in your mind’s eye, ask yourself: “What went wrong?” If you study your mistakes, you will be rewarded with a greater number successful photographs on your next outing. 

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