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Photographing Flowers: A Beginners Guide

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Michael Moodie
  By Michael Moodie
Photographing Flowers: A Beginners Guide www.sleeklens.com

When I was a beginner just like you, flowers were some of the first things I learned to photograph. My mother had a beautiful garden at the side of our house that always caught my eye. One day as a young teenager, I eventually picked up a camera my step-father had laying around and decided to try taking some pictures. I had no idea I would enjoy it so much to the point that I have made a career out of it as well as make it my duty to teach others some of the things I have learned. Photographing flowers is a very simple art form in photography as your subject is not too complex but beautiful nonetheless. The art is in the colors and the characteristics of each flower itself as they are all different in their own way. As a beginner, I learned to identify the difference and exploit them accordingly through the pictures I took. After practicing during my spare time in summer as a kid, I slowly learned how to appreciate both plants and photography for their beauty. In this article, I will be sharing some of the useful tips I’ve learned when I started Flower photography. I hope these tips will come in very useful to you as a beginner and serve to be an asset as they have been to me. Let’s begin

1. Macro Photography

A huge part of flower photography is learning how to effectively do macro photography as well. I’ve written previous articles on macro photography before but to give you a quick overview as to it is, is very easy. Macro photography is pretty much getting very close to your subject to the point they almost seem life-size once the image is taken. Macro photography pays a lot of attention to detail or rather the finer things that are usually overlooked or disregarded by others. For example, a regular individual will pass a flower and notice the bees or pollen on it but rather carry on with their day. As a photographer looking to excel in flower photography, that would be an amazing frame to capture. Macro Photography could be considered probably the heartbeat of photographing flowers as you can see all the beauty up close rather than far away.

If you are worried about having a macro lens as a beginner then you don’t need to worry too much. Most lenses have a macro limit as to how close they can get to a subject before your lens starts to go crazy trying to find a focusing point. If you’re indeed a beginner then I will assume you have a kit lens which should be capable of doing some macro photography as well. There are many macro lenses on the market that will come in handy when you’re further down in your career as a photographer but for now, you don’t have to worry about getting one too much. The first step to coming to a good photographer is practice and learning the type of photographer you are as well as learning more about your camera itself.

2. Playing With Colors

Most if not all flowers are usually noticed and categorized for their colors as well as other characteristics. As the photographer, you can use these colors to your advantage and make them capture the attention of your viewers as well. Most flowers don’t usually stand alone so if possible you should also capture them in their abundance for some diversity in your shots. Great vibrant colors in Floral photography is what stands out the most and will help you create a beautiful portfolio given that this is the genre of photography for you.

3. Change Your Perspective

Changing up your perspective while photographing flowers is always a good thing. You can only take so much macro photography or close up shots of a flower without them all eventually looking the same. Changing up your perspective with help to add some diversity and make your shots a bit more interesting. Let’s face it, floral photography will only grab the interest of some viewers for so long and no more because some of them have already seen it all or know what to expect when it comes to capturing pictures of plants. Make an effort to prove them wrong and introduce a new way of experiencing floral photography through your eyes. Being different or unique is important as it sets you apart from the rest. Let your creativity pour through your lens and into the laps of viewers so they can experience what you see.

Photographing flowers has been a pretty simple task but there is so much that can be done with the right creative mind and appreciation for the art itself. As always, its been a true pleasure sharing these tips with you and hope you grow to love floral photography as a beginner and make seek to make it an asset in your future photography career.

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Michael Moodie
Michael Moodie is a Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. He Enjoys Lifestyle Photography and Traveling while doing all things creative!

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