One of the best ways to capture flowers is by using macro photography. A good closeup of a flower will show viewers just how beautiful and detailed they can be. In this short post I will cover a couple macro ideas and tips to help you capture some eye catching photographs.
Overcast vs. Direct Lighting
Overcast lighting has the ability to saturate an image while providing smooth and gradual light, eliminating harsh highlights and distracting shadows. This can be greatly beneficial to flower images as color is an important aspect here.
Also keep in mind that many overcast days can be accompanied by rain and mist, which can add to the moody atmosphere this lighting provides.
In contrast, macro flower images taken during the “golden hours” – at sunset or at sunrise – can heighten the artful quality and create a warm and inviting mood to your photo. While your image will most likely lose its true-to-nature colors and tones, it’s typically outweighed by the unique light cast by the sharp angle of the sun.
- If you’re going to shoot under the sun, avoid the midday hours. This will cast a harsh and unflattering light – not to mention the flattening effect direct overhead sunlight has.
- Also note that although you could be shooting with a wide aperture, you’ll typically be in a darkened environment – for example, shooting under large leaves, in between flowers, etc. This can affect your shutter speed and cause some unwanted camera shake/blur.
- Additionally, if you’re shooting with a dedicated macro lens, you’ll probably be using a higher-than-normal f/stop to get the entire flower in focus. This, combined with the point above, can create very unstable shooting conditions where you may have to bump up your ISO to get a sharp image.
Depending on what you want to accomplish, it might help to include other flowers in your background instead of singling out just one. Since you’re working with a wide aperture – or at least a depth of field shallow enough to blur the background – your focal point will remain sharp and stand out from the rest of your image.
Macro photography can be an artful representation of a common subject. Don’t feel limited by the ideas above – they are just that – Ideas! There is so much you can do with in the magnified environment, keep practicing you will create a unique image you’ll be proud to display. Experiment with different combinations of light, aperture, and vantage points and you’ll find yourself with some amazing photos!