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How to Take Great Flower Photos
Author: Kelly Paal
I know that many out there want to improve their photography in one
aspect. Flower photography. With gardening as popular as it is this
shouldn't be a surprise. Flower photography while looking like one of
the simplest forms of photography can quickly become one of the most
difficult. Here are a few tips for you. (Keeping in mind that basic
good photography skills are always used.)
1. Soft diffuse light. Today it's very overcast outside, and if there
were any flowers in bloom today would be the perfect day for capturing
some great images. Soft diffuse light enhances color saturation, so
if you wondered how or why pro photographers flower images seem so deep
in color this is one of the reasons why. (There are exceptions to this
rule. I do some flower photography is bright or dappled sunlight but
I'm usually trying to get an effect of light passing through the petals.)
2. Slow film speed. 200 speed or less. The slower speed films have greater
detail and for flowers you're going to need to get close anyway and
you want the nice sharp detail of a slower speed of film. I use 100
speed for my flower photography.
3. Tripod. Use one for this type of photography. Set up your shot, get
everything in sharp focus, and then shoot. A tripod will keep your camera
from moving on you and allow you to get the sharp detail you will need.
4. Look for great colors, a flower in full bloom next to a bud, and
don't shoot on windy days. Keep contrast and color in mind at all times
and try different compositions each time you take a shot.
Flower photography can be a lot of fun especially if the flowers are
If you have some specific questions please visit my Photography and
Design Forum at: http://kellypaalphotography.com/v-web/bulletin/bb/index.php
and post your question there.
About the Author
Copyright 2005 Kelly Paal
Kelly Paal is a Freelance Nature and Landscape Photographer, exhibiting nationally and internationally. She owns her own business Kelly Paal Photography (www.kellypaalphotography.com). She has an educational background in photography, business, and commercial art. She enjoys applying graphic design and photography principles to her web design.