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Best Tips for Flower Photography

The world is a wonderful place surrounded by so much colour and beautiful nature. You only have to step outside into your garden to see beautiful nature.

More often than not, you will want to capture the beauty of your surroundings but find the picture is never quite as stunning as it is in person.

By learning how to shoot flowers and improve your nature photography skills, you can take beautiful images of the plants and foliage around you which will look exactly like reality or better.

Many photographers love macro photography because it can give a new perspective to nature. Although a flower might seem a basic and simple subject to capture, you can get really interesting and exciting shots if you know what you are doing.

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you perfect your flower photography.


Why Choose Flower Photography?

What is Flower Photography

What is so special about nature flower photography? Well flowers can be a very exciting and interesting subject to shoot if you know how. Macro or close up photography can offer a different perspective to something you might have otherwise not noticed. 

There are so many different flowers of varying colours and they are all unique in their own way. Like snowflakes, you won’t find two flowers exactly the same.

Here are some growing guides of plants you can add to your garden that are also perfect for photography. 

When taking a photograph of a flower you can find the perfect subject anywhere. 

You don’t need to go to exotic places for colourful flowers, you can find them just by walking outside or perhaps in your very own garden. It’s a great subject and easily accessible to many.

Let’s touch on some flower photography ideas.

Flower Photography Ideas 

You can shoot a flower alone or capture bunches of flowers together. Play with colour, lighting and contrast to vary the light and dark between the flower and background. 

You can use backlight to make the flower stand out and create a translucent effect with the petals. Get to the flower up close and try the focus stacking technique where you take different photos with different focuses then edit them together creating one ultimate image.

There are many more ideas so try experimenting with different options with your photography flowers close up. 

Floral photography is so popular because it is so beautiful and interesting. Everyone loves to receive flowers, yet better still send them an amazing photograph of flowers that can last a lifetime.

A great way to make your nature photography stand out is to add your images to a photo book maker to create a beautiful nature photo album to share with family and family.

Flower photography can be used for many other things such as calendars, gift cards, wedding favors and anything else you can think of. Before we start creating pictures of flowers and using them, we need to make sure we know how to take the best photos.

Equipment for Flower Photography

Equipment for Flower Photography

The right camera is a good starting point when it comes to the equipment needed to take the best nature flower photography. The best camera for close ups is a DSLR with a macro lens. 

This will allow you the full range to experiment with different settings. You can get a great image of a flower up close and personal with this camera.

It allows you to add just the right amount of focus and sharpness to the flower but blur out the background. Telephoto lenses can also be great depending on the type of camera you have and can help make the colour stand out. 

Whatever camera you have, you can find different lenses to suit your needs. The biggest tip here is to ensure you shop around for what works for your camera and your photographing needs. 

It’s important you consider any other equipment you might need. You could take the picture using just your camera if you are looking for a very natural image but to step the quality up a level there are other things you can do.

For example you might consider using a background if you are looking for a particular shot. A reflector is a great tool to use to get the perfect light from different angles. Here's how to use a reflector. 

A tripod might also be useful to get a steady shot, especially if you are using other mediums such as water and wind. 

Tips for Flower Photography

Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Photography Skills

Aside from getting the right camera and equipment, there are other tips and tricks that can help you to take high quality images of flowers.

Watch out for the weather. You might think a sunny day is the optimum weather for your shoot, however a cloudy day without direct light might actually give you a clearer shot.

Sunlight can create some great visuals for your image but it might not always provide what you need. Wind is also not a friend to a photographer, unless you are looking for that movement effect.

You can actually get plant clamps for photography that will hold your flowers still while you take the image. Rain looks great in macro photography, so you can either shoot in the rain or use water as an artificial rain effect so you have more control over the placement.

Experiment with different light and angles. With different camera settings you can toy with levels of exposure and depth to the image. 

Wrapping Up Our Flower Photography Guide

That concludes our nature flower photography tips and how to shoot flowers. We hope this taught you more about macro and close up photography and gave you some flower photography ideas.

The main tip is to experiment lots with different techniques and have fun while you are doing it. Now you are ready to go outside to your garden and take a beautiful image of a flower.

There you have it, enjoy these tips to help you improve your flower photography. 

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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