Originally this started as a collection of photos I wanted to post. I was a novice photographer when I started this blog. Now I have learnt some of the tricks of the trade and can call myself an amateur. I will use this blog to highlight some of my works and also some tricks/tips which I think may be useful to others.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Shooting Flowers

Flower photography is probably the first step many people take, in their journey from becoming a trigger happy point and shoot, to an amateur photographer. Flowers are beautiful, and we can take stunning flower photographs quite easily. To have a good flower shoot, I would recommend using a camera with "aperture priority" (or full manual), so that you have more control on the depth of field.

Few small tips: however, be prepared to break them at your will.

  • Use a shallow depth of field
    This will make your flower stand out from its background, and also create interesting bokeh in the background

  • Take an unusual viewpoint
    If you shoot flowers at an angle in which we normally don't see them, it will create a stunning composition.

  • Shoot on a black background
    Black background will make your flowers more vivid and powerful. For example, you can hold a black cardboard or cloth in the background. Being a purist though, I do not follow this tip myself: if a black background is not available naturally, I shoot with the available background

  • Dew drops on flowers improve the beauty of the flower
    Again, though personally I have never created artificial dew, you can do it by spraying some water on the flower before you shoot

Now, some of my flower shots.
Flowers and vegetables
In this photo I have broken the convention that a flower should be shot in color. In the original shot, the flower was white on a green background. Converting it to black and white has created more impact I believe.

Happy Holidays!!!

I have shot this one with a black background. I framed the flowers against a black water tank.

Cognizant Team Picnic 2008: Hibiscus flower

I have shot this one against an overexposed sky as background, turning it into white. The depth of field is not very shallow, so the leaves are also in partial focus.

A thing of beauty is a Joy Forever

This was taken with a prosumer "point and shoot" camera. Olympus SP510UZ, which I used before buying my Sony A300 SLR.

From Blog

This is a hibiscus flower shot in the warm evening sunlight during sunset.

Let me know if you liked this post. Show me some of your own flower shots


Karen Seltrecht said...

Thanks for putting up such a helpful site. I am going to take a pix of a white cactus flower in sunny condition. Can you help me with composition set up?

Shubhra said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Karen. You can try the following:

Put up a black background using a black paper.
Shoot from different angles to see what works best.Take a lot of shots.
If possible try during different times of the day.
If your camera has manual controls, try selecting a smaller aperture number, to blur out the background. For automatic cameras, use the flower mode if it has it.
Post your best shot in flickr or a similar site, so that people can have a look

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