When first starting out with digital photography, it is best to begin with an easy subject that still offers you a chance for some beautiful and interesting shots. Plus, flowers don’t jump up and get out of your way either, so it is a good topic to begin with.
Choosing The Best Subject
So, now that you know what you want to photograph, it’s time to choose the best subject for your perfect flower photo. Try to think about where the flower (s) is that you are considering, and look for the unusual or different angle or setting. For instance, do you see some flowers that are low to the ground? A great way to take their picture will be for you to get down to their level.
Don’t just look for the perfect looking plant, as it is possible that the better photo is that of a wilted or broken stalked flower. You want to get into the habit of having your photos tell a story and sometimes the more interesting story is a sad one. Or, you can look for some sort of unusual coloring or perhaps one of the flowers has an insect on it. It is always best to look for something such as these to make your photos stand out from the crowd.
Choose Background Carefully
Next, consider the background and lighting situation of the subject that you have chosen. Is there anything in the way of the shot that you desire? Are there any distracting items such as a piece of trash or a sign or maybe a fence post or other item? If so, this may throw off your shot if you don’t either move it out of the way or figure out a way to take your picture without including it in that perfect shot you are trying to portray.
If you can’t move the item in your way, then move yourself around to see if there is an angle you can use that is better. You can also move in closer to the flower to get a tighter shot either with your zoom or your body. While you are doing this, be sure to keep in mind that perfect pose that you wanted when you first chose that particular blossom.
You may want to consider using the macro feature on your camera, as super close shots of flowers can end up producing some fascinating views of petals, stems, leaves or other parts of a flower. If so, focus will be vital as macro photography involves very tiny changes in depth of field that can mean the difference between a great shot and a ho hum or lousy shot. In this case, attention to detail is your best friend.
Choosing Your Lighting
Next, it is time to be sure that the lighting for your picture is as perfect as you can make it under your circumstances. It is best to shoot your photo with your back to the available light if possible, to give you the best chance at capturing the shot you want. Don’t block the light though, as you will want the light to fall enough on the subject to show off the details of the scene you desire.
If necessary, you may experiment with using your flash as well as taking several shots without a flash. If you have them, you can also experiment with using different types of colored reflectors to see how that affects your shot. Remember, this is digital photography, it’s not like you are wasting film! You may have to take a hundred shots to get that perfect picture that you will be proud of for years to come!
Use a Tripod Whenever Possible
Another factor to consider is the use of a tripod to keep your shot steady. Of course, there may be times when you are so low to the ground that it may not be practical to use a tripod, but when you can use one, you should do so. They help keep everything stable and level so the angle you desire doesn’t move if you suddenly flinch.
The bottom line is that photography is a wonderful way of preserving the moment in time where that particular flower is at that moment. It will never be exactly the same again! That’s the joy of photography and something that will continue to bring you new excitement as you learn to progress from taking photos of flowers to taking pictures of other items.