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5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers

By Pattyhankins @PattyHankins

5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers

As I looked back over my favorite photos from 2013 I realized just how many of them were close up photos of flower. Many of the photos show only part of a flower — not even a whole blossom. The close up photos have gotten a great response from people who have seen them — and lots of questions about how I take them. So I thought I’d share a few tips on taking great close up photos of flower with you today.

5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers

      1. Think about What Caught Your EyeBefore you click the shutter, think about what it is about the flower that caught your eye and made you want to photograph it. Was it the color, the shape, the dewdrops or the way light is striking the flower? Now compose your photos to highlight what caught your eye.
        5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers

         

      2. Use a Macro Lens (or Macro Setting on Your Camera) For close up photos you want to be able to get as close to your subject as possible. Macro lenses or the Macro Setting on your camera (often symbolized by a little flower) allow you to get much closer to a subject and still have it in focus than using either a non-macro lens or setting.
        5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers
      3. Use a Tripod.I know — we live in an age of image stabilization/vibration reduction cameras and lenses, to say nothing of high ISO cameras so we can get faster shutter speeds — so a lot of the time we can get away with not using a tripod. But when it comes to close up photos I really recommend using one. When you are focused in on a very small area, the slightest motion of the camera (including that caused by clicking the shutter button) can introduce motion blur and lack of clarity in your focus. So if you want to take really crisp clear close up photos — use a tripod.
        5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers
      4. Try Different CompositionsDon’t photograph the flower from just one angle. Move around and see what else you see. Try taking photos of the center of the flower, or the petals, or just one specific detail. If you’re photographing with a digital camera there is basicly no additional cost to taking more than one photo of a scene. So go ahead — try different compositions. Who knows — you may discover you like the petals of the flower better than the center!
        5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers
      5. Try Different AperturesIf you are photographing in Aperture priority, try changing the aperture (f-stop) you’re using and see what this does to your photo. You may be surprised to find that sometimes a narrow depth of field gives you the look you want — and at other times, a larger depth of field is perfect for what you’re trying to show in the photo.
        5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers

Bonus Tip: Have Fun!

Have fun while you’re photographing. Don’t forget to slow down and take few moments to appreciate the beauty of nature around you.

5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my close up photos of flowers and that these tips are helpful. If you have questions about how I create my flower photos, leave them here and I’ll try to answer them in a future article.

5 Tips for Taking Great Close Up Photos of Flowers


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