Every photographer has taken pictures of flowers at one point or another. Flower photos are enduringly popular subject matter because their colours, shapes and textures add so much impact to your photo compositions.
But a few simple tweaks to the way you set up and compose your pictures of flowers, as well as the way you edit your flower photos in the digital darkroom, can dramatically increase their visual appeal. Here’s how it’s done.
Composing pictures of flowers from the ground up
Taking pictures of flowers isn’t all about close-up macro shots and shooting from above. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to take a different approach to taking pictures of flowers by shooting them from low down with a wide-angle lens for an unusual and engaging ‘bug’s-eye view’.
In the spring and summer, public gardens, and perhaps your own garden, will be in bloom with a variety of flowers.
Alternatively, you can buy some cut flowers, as we did. We set up a selection of blooms, including tulips and hyacinths, and placed our camera in the middle of the bunch, facing upwards, to create the impression of the flowers towering above.
We used a flashgun to boost the colours of our flowers, but if you don’t have one you can use your DSLR’s pop-up flash.
At the editing stage we added a blue sky to our flower photo, which we copied from a landscape shot and added in as a new layer. We also added a lens flare effect, to create the feel of a hazy summer’s day.
PAGE 1: Composing pictures of flowers from the ground up
PAGE 2: How to set up your pictures of flowers – steps 1-3
PAGE 3: How to set up your pictures of flowers – steps 4-6
PAGE 4: How to edit your pictures of flowers – adjusting colour and composition
PAGE 5: How to edit your pictures of flowers – adding the new backdrop
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