After writing an intense post on my other blog, the Digital Traveler, I’m ready for some flowers. I spent yesterday at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, which is a great place to photograph flowers.
Here are some tips for photographing them:
1. Get the right lens. Step away from the flower(s), set your aperture wide (f/4) and shoot 10 shots from all different angles. Pick your best shots.
2. Look for neutral backgrounds. When I saw these flowers, I knew I’d have a compelling image if I could get the wall in back of them. I framed that picture in my mind as I was walking by. I had to stoop down to get the picture so the wall would cover most of the background.
3. Use a zoom lens. Point-and-Shoot cameras have great zoom lenses for photographing flowers. If you can keep your camera from shaking while you take your shot, you’ll get a great image. Macro lenses are best for dSLR cameras. Not everyone can afford them, so, if you want to do with the lens you have, set your aperture wide and step back a bit and zoom into the flower for the best shot.
4. Make sure your autofocus is set and listen to it. When it beeps take the picture, make sure the focus point is on the part of the flower you want sharp. If you want the entire flower sharp, use a tripod and shoot at a narrow aperture (f/10).
5. Use the sunlight to enhance the color of the flower. If you take a picture of a flower in the shade, it won’t be the same color tone as one taken in the sun. You can be fairly sure the color tone will be flat. If the flower has direct sunlight on it, you’ll get bright, colorful tones.