How To Photograph – Flowers Close Up in 5 Steps.

We’ve all seen a flower that’s simply stunning. The question is – How To Photograph and capture the beauty we see with our eyes. Here’s how you can capture great flower close-up photos in 5 easy steps.

STEP 1 – TIME OF DAY — The light is constantly changing and can help or hurt your photos depending on the time of day. The most difficult time to shoot flowers is in the middle of the day with direct sunlight. The ideal time to shoot is early morning or late afternoon. The sunlight at these times to usually warmer, less harsh, and will allow the naturally saturated colors to glow. You must know what your camera can NOT do.

FlowerCloseHT01STEP 2 – WEATHER — Like sunlight, weather can also help or hurt. Windy conditions are very difficult to shoot close-ups. The best weather to photograph flowers in is fog, or a thin blanket of gray clouds. The clouds will diffuse bright sunlight and allow you to photograph the full range of lights and darks in the flower. Squint to improve your photography.

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STEP 3 – GO MACRO FOR CLOSE-UP — If you’re shooting with a DSLR consider a macro lens. This will give you the ability to get close while maintaining sharp detail on the flowers. If you’re shooting with a point and shoot camera, switch over to macro or close-up mode (if available, check your manual). This setting will allow you to bring your camera very close, within a couple inches of the flower.

FlowerCloseHT04STEP 4 – USE A TRIPOD — With the extreme close-up focus of macro lenses, moving just  a hair forward or back will send the flowers out of focus. A tripod will prevent movement on your part. If a slight breeze is moving your flowers, consider placing a piece of cardboard or your best friend between the flowers and the wind.

FlowerCloseHT02STEP 5 – EXPERIMENT AND HAVE FUN — Take your time and compose your flower using the full frame of your camera. Get close, then closer, and so close it turns the flower into an abstract. Try a wide open aperture setting of f/2.8 or f/4 and focus on just one small area of interest. Try shooting stopped down to f/16 or f/22. This may require a shutter release cable or using the timer delay in order to prevent movement in the camera. Use a spray bottle to mist the flowers with water for added highlights. In short, experiment and have fun.

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Gear Used – Nikon D700, Nikon 105mm macro lens, Gitzo Tripod