ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Photographing Flowers - My Tips

Updated on July 1, 2015
Virginia Allain profile image

Eclectic is a good word for the many interests of retired librarian, Virginia Allain. Crafts, gardening, genealogy, travel, and more...

Lovely Flower Photographs

I fell in love with taking close-up photographs of flowers. With my camera, I can capture a flower and keep it forever. It appears on my computer screen larger than life with every detail of petal, dew drops and pollen there for me to see.

Maybe you would like to take lovely flower photos. Take a look at my photo tips below where I tell you what I've learned so far. This lens also displays some of the Zazzle gifts I've created using my flower photos. It's lots of fun to turn your photos into mugs, mousepads and tote bags on Zazzle.

(photo by Virgina Allain)

My Photo Tips for Flowers - And Links to My Other Nature Photography Pages

A close-up of an African daisy. I featured it on a greeting card on the Zazzle site.
A close-up of an African daisy. I featured it on a greeting card on the Zazzle site. | Source

►It's important to get in close to the flower. Morning or late in the day are better times for good lighting. Noontime lighting washes out the flower, overexposing it.

►Find the macro setting on your camera and use that when you are close to the flower.

►Hold the camera very steady while clicking the shutter. Use the grid system (like tic-tac-toe) with the important part of the flower showing where the grid crosses.

►Take a lot of photos, keeping the best one or two and discarding the rest.

►Look at photos by others on Flickr or Pinterest. Analyze which ones catch your eye and have the strongest appeal. You have to train your eye.

Some Favorite Flower Photos - Taken by Virginia Allain

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Some Cameras and Gear to Consider

I use a Canon Powershot A550 for my flower photography. It works great. Last year I upgraded to a Canon Powershot SX20is. What a great camera! The A550 is handy as it fits in my pocket when I take a walk in the woods, but for capturing wildlife, you can't beat the SX20is with all that zoom.

Of course, for really crisp flower photos you'll want to use a tripod.

Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Green)
Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Green)
These Canon Powershots are a handy size to tuck into a purse or pocket. Be ready to capture that pretty flower in a store, restaurant, the neighbor's flowerbed, a park, anywhere. The close-up feature works just fine and that's what I used for all the photos shown above.

Spring Flowers


Springtime Is a Great Time to Take Flower Photos

Grab your camera and capture the beauty of springtime. After the dull colors of winter, the bright colors of tulips, lilacs and forsythia brings joy and freshness to our lives. Here's how to get beautiful spring flower photos.


  • Find the flowers, wherever you can. Maybe you're lucky enough to have a yard full of daffodils, crocus and iris. If not, take a photo walk around the neighborhood or to a park. People usually don't mind someone taking photos of flowers along the sidewalk. Don't venture into anyone's yard though.
  • Take some overall shots where there are broad swathes of color. These tulips were in entrance to the Wichita Botanical Gardens for all to see without paying admission. I'm sure there were more lovelies inside the garden, if I'd had more time.
  • Get up close and personal with the flowers. Isolate a particularly gorgeous specimen and take photos from several angles. Take photos from the side, from the top, and from underneath.
  • Go out early in the morning and late in the afternoon to get the special light on the flowers at those times. The sun at noon is not good for photos. You want that luminous look and shadows to create good photos.
  • Don't forget the flowering trees. They are a treat in the spring. Stand back to get the full view. Then get in close and get a macro of a clump of flowers on a branch. To get a macro, set your camera on the close-up setting. On most digital cameras, that is the one with the flower icon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid windy days when the flowers won't stay still for the camera. Sometimes early in the morning, there's less wind.

A Tripod Improves Your Steadiness for Better Photos

Canon Deluxe 200 Tripod
Canon Deluxe 200 Tripod
I bought a mini-tripod to use for mushroom photos. A bigger tripod like this gives you crisp photos of garden flowers.

Flower Photography Tips - Video on You Tube

Books on Macro Photography - from Amazon

I taught myself to take flower photos by the hit-or-miss method. You can make your life easier by getting a book by an expert and doing some reading. You'll find books similar to these at your public library for borrowing as well.

I find some great flowers to photograph at Walmart.

No wind, no harsh sun, and it's free.

Other Examples of My Flower Photos - for your enjoyment

I post them on Redgage and on my blog.

I put my flower photos on Zazzle products like this mousepad which sells online.
I put my flower photos on Zazzle products like this mousepad which sells online. | Source

Find Ways to Share Your Photos

I've put mine on cards, mousepads, tote bags and other products using the Zazzle website.

You can also use your own photos to create fun and unique cards. A quality notecard can be costly and most are fairly bland, without being personal. You can make a greeting card from your own photos and personalize your message and design for its recipient.

Your greeting card can be as complex or simple as you want, and because it is customizable, you can create them for nearly any occasion. Keeping your own greeting cards on hand can also save you from needing to make a last-minute trip to the card store for a birthday party or other special occasion.

Things You'll Need

  • Photos on 4-inch by 6-inch paper or smaller
  • Blank notecards
  • Doublestick tape
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Stickers


  • Keep on hand some blank cards. The cheapest way to do this is buy notecards at yard sales, dollar stores or from the clearance shelf of a discount store. Don't worry if they have a design on the front. You'll be covering that with your photo.
  • Select a photo that has meaning to the recipient. For instance, if sending a thank you note after visiting someone, choose a photo that you took of something in their home or something relating to activities during the visit. Of course, your lovely flower photos can be used for any occasion.
  • Attach the photo to the front of the notecard with doublestick tape. There are great tapes available for scrapbooking that are easy to apply that you can just roll on to the front of the card. You could use glue in a pinch, but it is harder to get a smooth, lump-free seal between the photo and the card when you use glue.
  • Trim the edges of the photo if you don't have a perfect match with the card. Sometimes the card is bigger, and sometimes the photo is larger. After the two pieces are sealed together, trim off the excess.
  • On the back of the card, cover the manufacturer's mark with a decorative sticker. Write your own logo on there so the recipient can see that you made the card.
  • Hand letter something like this: "Made for you by ______" or "Especially for you by _____" .

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for blank cards that fit your usual photo sizes, such as 4-inch by 6-inch or 3-inch by 5-inch.

© 2009 Virginia Allain


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)