The month of May means sunny days and flowers in full bloom, but did you know that photographing flowers is often better when the sky is partly cloudy or overcast? Bright and direct sunlight can sometimes overpower the flowers’ colors, creating a washed out and overexposed effect.
When it comes to photographing flowers, your unique viewpoint plays an important role your final results. You stand before a field in full bloom, and while it’s beautiful in your eyes, the ability to translate its majesty through the lens requires a few techniques and a bit of planning.
For example, instead of standing above the flowers, consider getting low and shooting from that vantage point. Don’t shoot right away, but instead, spend a few moments taking in the scenery and contemplating which parts of nature speak loudest. Photographing from a lower point will allow you to better capture the details in the petals and the center, the small veins in the leaves and the slight change in hue in the bloom. Filling the frame whenever possible will add more grandeur to the image and experimenting with your perspective may lead you to uncover new ways of seeing nature – and sharing it with others.
Finally, consider how much of the background you would like to include in your images as this will affect which aperture you select. Do you want the flower to fill the frame? If so, choose a large aperture. If you prefer more depth of field and want to include the background, choose a smaller aperture. Experiment with your settings to see how this impacts your overall composition. Which do you prefer?
So, rush to the field to enjoy the scenery but take your time as you stand in the blooms and have fun with the options in front of you. This is where your creativity reveals itself!