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How to Photograph Flowers: Smartphone and Point and Shoot Macro Photography
At the time of writing this article, I was just starting to branch out from product photography, which had been my primary focus for a number of years. My aim with this measure was to prevent burning out on photography completely. One of the subjects I was working with quite a lot was flowers. At the time I was shooting exclusively with a point and shoot camera, a Canon PowerShot. If you have a point and shoot or have only been taking photos with your phone and have not worked a lot with macro photography, don't get overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time. Before you know it, you will be blown away by your own shots.
I've broken this article down into the following sections:
- Camera tips. One of the biggest factors for successful photography with any subject is to use the correct camera settings.
- Editing and effects. Now that you have a bunch of photos, what do you do with them?
- Other considerations. Take it to the next step with some new techniques and projects.
Basic Flower & Macro Photography
- Switch to manual mode and learn the settings. I cannot stress that enough. Please don't rely on the auto mode. You will get much better results when you have control over the individual settings.
- Your lighting setting should reflect the current conditions. Most manual modes have settings such as indoors, sunny, and cloudy or even allow you to choose the specific color temperature. Take time to select the appropriate setting.
- Keep your ISO setting as low as possible. Unless you are shooting in very low light conditions, keep your ISO setting low to capture as much detail as possible.
- Turn off the flash if you haven't already. Again, unless you are shooting in low light, you shouldn't need the flash.
- Use the macro setting. Always focus your shot before shooting it. If you want clear close up shots of your flowers, turn on the macro setting. It's the function that looks like a flower. Then when you take your picture, push the button down halfway to focus the shot first.
- If you don't have a tripod with you, brace yourself. Sometimes you have a great opportunity to photograph flowers and don't have your tripod with you. That's okay. Brace yourself on something or if all else fails, tuck your arms in to your chest to steady your camera.
- Use the timer. Even if you're using a tripod, you'll still have clearer photos with the timer. See if your camera has a short setting, such as 2 seconds, so you don't have to wait too long for each shot.
Editing and Effects
- Decide when and where to shoot to get optimum results. Picking an ideal setting and time of day can make as much difference as your camera settings. Consider filtered sunlight and dawn or dusk with a light sky but sun low on the horizon.
- Frame your shot. Consider the rule of thirds, high and low angles, and natural frames (i.e. trees, bushes).
- Complete basic editing steps. If nothing else, you should consider cropping and completing a simple light level adjustment.
- Consider more advanced photo editing techniques. There is no end to the possible ways that you can edit your flower photos. I have included just a couple examples.
- Experiment with different backdrops. There is no single perfect backdrop that will work well for every flower photograph. Try different settings and angles.
- Consider water effects. You can add water drops to any flower or other plant with a small spray bottle. This is a lot easier than waiting to shoot after it rains.
- Think about other details that you can include in your photos, such as petals, buds, and leaves. There are so many fascinating components to plants. When you're ready to switch up your routine from focusing in on the flowers, switch it up and consider a different aspect of the plant.
- Take a lot of pictures. Like many things in life, the best way to improve your skills is to practice. In the digital age of photography, it doesn't cost anything but time to take more pictures. Keep your camera with you and shoot a few flower photos whenever you have the chance.
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Are you working to improve your macro photography skills? Do you enjoy taking pictures of flowers and want to get better close up shots? Take the following tips to improve your pictures!