A step-by-step guide on how to photograph flowers in the wild
Choose your lens
Choose an appropriate lens. A wide-angle is ideal for showing a flower in its habitat, while a close-focusing telephoto will isolate it. For super close-ups and abstracts use a dedicated macro lens.
Frame the shot
Set the camera up on a tripod and position it roughly level with the flower to create a pleasing photo composition. Check the background and look around the frame for any distractions, tidying the surroundings as required. A clamp will hold tall stems steady and prevent subject movement.
Think about settings
Use a low ISO for best quality images with minimal noise. Set a small aperture for maximum depth of field or a large aperture to make the subject stand out from the background. Use manual focus for maximum precision. Live View can be useful for accurate focusing.
PAGE 1: How to photograph flowers with the right backdrop
PAGE 2: A step-by-step guide on how to photograph flowers in the wild
PAGE 3: How to photograph flowers in the wild – think about the light
PAGE 4: Experiment with depth of field
PAGE 5: Final spring photography tips for photographing wild flowers
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