Everyone does it.  It’s totally natural.  There’s no need to feel ashamed.

For all you adults out there with teenage boys, just to clarify, I’m talking about taking photos of flowers.

Everyone who gets a DSLR feels a need to go out and find things to photograph and the first place people tend to head is out into the garden.  Searching, searching, searching for anything photo worthy.  9 times out of 10 they choose flowers.  Why?  Because they are bright and colorful and can be quite delicate and intricate.

So what is the best way to shoot a flower?

There is no definitive answer to that question.  It all depends on your own perspective and what you think looks nice.  But I will give you some tips that will help bring out the best in your next flower shot.

First up, invest in a macro lens.  Your kit lens will work just fine for practicing, but for those who want to get the most out of every bloom, a macro lens is a must.  With a dedicated macro lens you can get pin sharp pictures from a very short distance away.  Meaning, large, frame filling flowers that show all the details and intricacies in pin sharp focus.

And secondly, when choosing a flower to photograph, try to choose one that is perfect.  That means no blemishes, drooping petals, caterpillar holes and the like.  In order to take a great photo, you must first start with a great subject.

Now, the way you choose to take the photo is completely up to you but remember that composition and lighting will be your two biggest hurdles here.  So while looking through the viewfinder things to keep in mind are – the position of the flower within the frame, think about the rule of thirds and if you think it will help – the size of the flower within the frame, do you need to go in closer or further back? – the background, is it distracting or does it add to the shot? – shadows, where are they falling?  would it be a better shot under different lighting? (remember, you can pick the flower and move it around).

Lastly, one tip I can leave you with, one that many professional photographers use is to carry around a small spray bottle.  A light spray of water onto a flower can give a totally different shot and give another dimension to what could be an otherwise dull shot.

Happy Shooting!

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