05 Shoot frost-covered flowers
You will need to get up early to make the most of cold-snap close-ups, but you don’t have to go further than your garden fence to get these kind of shots – sling a coat on over your pyjamas and get out there!
Award-winning flower photographer Mandy Disher took this shot of a frosty Argyranthemum flower growing in her garden early on a December morning. “Time was of the essence,” she remembers. “I only had a short while to get the shot, because the air was warming up and the ice was beginning to melt.
“The overcast sky and still air made for good conditions. Working in Aperture Priority mode, I chose a large aperture of f/2.5 to create a shallow depth of field and make a very soft and blurred background. This aperture gave me a shutter speed of 1/100 sec, which allowed me to shoot the flower without the need for a tripod.”
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* Use a lens with a long focal length and a wide aperture for diffused backgrounds.
* Mount your camera on a tripod, and use the Mirror Lock-Up function and a remote release to minimise shake.
* A small reflector or piece of foil or white card will allow you to bounce the light and reveal detail in shadow areas.
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