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Flower Photography

Flowers have always been a favorite subject for photographers. It’s probably because with flowers you can get a variety of photos from the same subject, simply by shooting from different angles and zoom levels. Do you want to try flower photography? The two most important things to keep in mind are lighting and background. Less Light: Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times for flower photography. These hours offer soft and filtered light for your photos, enhancing the detail and color of the petals, and that’s where the beauty of the shot is derived. The best time of day is often just after dawn when it’s calm, because a breeze can move the flower and cause a blurred result.

Also look for opportunities to have your subject backlit by the rising sun — it adds a new perspective to your photo and highlights the veins in petals and leaves. More Light: If your only opportunity to take photos of flowers is in the middle of the day, choose an overcast time. Clouds soften the light and help you avoid strong shadows across your subject. Strong, direct light does not mix well with the delicate structure of the subtle hues of a flower’s petals. Using a polarizing filter can also reduce the harshness of light found in the middle of the day.

Background: Choose a narrow depth of field to reduce background clutter and draw attention to the flower. Shallow depth of field is achieved by opening up the lens to a wide aperture. Moving around to change the angle of the shot can dramatically change the background. Choose an angle from which the background is far away from the flower itself. With flower photography, it’s important to be a minimalist.

You don’t need fancy equipment, but you must be able to see the beauty in simplicity. Photography is an enjoyable hobby, and when you can focus (literally) on subjects that are colorful and pretty, it will lift your spirits and all who see your photos.

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