Capture the Beauty of Flowers with Macro Photography - dummies

Capture the Beauty of Flowers with Macro Photography

By Thomas Clark

It’s no secret that flowers make great close-up photographic subjects. The elements of design they contain are a gift to photographers, offering unique opportunities within each individual subject. No two flowers are exactly alike; therefore, no two flower images are the same.

Flowers tend to have beautiful colors, shapes, forms, lines, and textures. This variety of interesting elements provides you with choices in how you’ll compose your image in a particular situation. When photographing a flower, ask yourself what it is that drew you to this one. Was it larger than the others around it, more colorful, was its form more attractive, or did it look kind of sad for some reason?

After asking yourself why you chose a subject, then ask yourself whether the image in your frame represents what you see in the subject. The slightest movement in camera angle can change the way viewers see an image of a flower. Pay attention to how each petal appears in your frame. Ask yourself whether you should crop into the subject or show it in its entirety.

Another very important aspect of flower photography is light. Photographers often avoid photographing flowers in direct sunlight, because diffused light is softer and tends to produce a more beautiful look for flowers. You can find softer light in open shade areas, on cloudy days, or by blocking the direct sunlight with a scrim or a piece of cardboard.