Aug 18 2017 by Hannah Darkins
Aug 18 2017 by Hannah Darkins
By Hannah Darkins
For flower lovers keen on learning the basics of taking a great flower photo…this one is for you!
With the standard of photos available to us simply by using our smart phones, photography has become a more popular past time for many of us.
Today we explore some simple tips on how to get the best flower photo for you to share on Instagram or simply just to stare at…because who doesn’t like staring at flowers?
Lighting is one of the most important factors to consider when trying to snap a quality photo.
The best time to take a photo is early in the morning just after the sun has risen or just before sunset later in the evening.
This is when the light is low and less harsh and photos have a soft, gentle quality about them.
To get the clearest exposure, using natural lighting is key.
If possible take your props and flowers outdoors to photograph them in the natural light and where you can experiment playing with shadows and light
created by the sun. This will also mean you won’t need to edit the exposure of your photos as much to help define the form of the subject you are
photographing if their isn’t enough light available indoors.
Like any great creative process, many perspectives have been considered! It is the same when taking a photo.
We encourage you to take multiple photos of the same flower from many different perspectives and angles.
Many smart phones provide you with the option to take multiple frames (photos) by holding down the capture button.
This allows you to simply move yourself around the subject whilst pointing the camera at the flower, to gain multiple shots to choose from afterwards.
Different angles will highlight different elements of the flower and offer a different feel to the photo.
Taking a photo standing over the flower and shooting down with the lens will make the flower appear smaller.
Taking a photo positioning yourself lower (or under) the flower, pointing the camera up will make the flower appear larger.
If you want to capture intricate details of the flower, instead of using your phone zoom (which tends to pixilate the photo and decrease the overall clarity of the shot),
we encourage you to instead move yourself and the camera closer to the image to gain greater detail.
To focus in on an area you desire to be the central focus of the shot, simply tap on the screen to allow the
automatic setting on a smart phone to focus in on this area. This can isolate the subject you wish to capture in full detail and blurr out the background
“noise” or distractions. If you want the focus of the shot to simply be on the flower, then ensure you choose to photograph the flower with a plain,
simple backdrop that doesn’t draw the eye away from the main subject- your flower! However sometimes it creates interest within your photo, to capture
some of the surroundings or context of where you are taking the photo- I.e if you are capturing multiple flowers in a field.
This is when it pays to take the photo from further away to capture a long shot or a wide shot of the fuller picture.
It is a really popular trend to add flowers to a picture of other products or objects or vice versa when adding other elements or props to a picture of flowers.
To avoid too much going on in the photo, we suggest choosing which element you want to be the focus of your photo and simply
adding the other elements to the photo as complimentary parts. For example if flowers are the main focus then have the flowers positioned in the middle of your photo or in focus, and have the other elements surrounding them or slightly out of focus.
This can be a really great way to add interest and visual appeal to your photo, without taking away from the main subject of the shot.
Think about what story or feel you want to capture in your photo and arrange your objects in the photo around this feeling or story,
for example if a brand wants to highlight a new product for sale but also wants to add a few flowers to enhance the photos general aesthetic,
they might position one or two flower elements around the products to frame the products as the focal part of the picture.
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