How to photograph flowers and 5 tips you can use this weekend

Nature has so much to offer and it’s not until you start exploring that you realise how much beauty is out there. This week I took myself on a nature walk around my neighbourhood and discovered some gorgeous plants and flowers right in my own backyard.  Here are my top 5 tips you can use to start your nature photograpy project this weekend.

1. Look in your own backyard

It’s amazing to see what’s actually in your own backyard when you start exploring. I not only found some pretty flowers but also some gorgeous weeds in my garden. When you start venturing into areas that you may not have really looked before it’s pretty cool to see what is actually growing in your own garden!

2. Check your camera settings

When photographing flowers and plants be sure to use a wide aperture (your f/stop number needs to be low) to ensure you get a shallow depth of field and a beautifully blurry background in your images.

3. Look for variety in textures and patterns

Nature has a lot to offer and it’s not always colourful. I found some amazing weeds in my yard that were subtle but stood out to me when I actually started looking. Although understated this flower made a great subject as it had lots of texture and pattern.

4. Lighting

Depending on the time of day you take your photos will depend on the look of your image. Photographers love the ‘magic hours’ which typically are on sunrise and sunset. They are magic because the light is fantastic! The image below was taken early in the morning and the soft light of the early morning sun was fabulous to create a sparkling effect in the background. Early morning light is often much cooler than in the afternoon.

5. Composition

When composing an image it’s important to follow the rule of thirds. Composition is important and can make or break an image. If you find yourself constantly placing your subject smack bang in the middle of your photo try to reposition it to either side. You can find more information about this rule here. Another thing to think about is to check that there are no distractions in the background of your photo.

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Project 52 | Week 5: Finding the light!

Light! It’s such a beautiful thing and one of the most important components of photography. Without it, it’s almost nearly impossible to take a photograph. Consider the meaning of the word ‘photograph’ –

a picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused on to light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally (source: Oxford Dictionaries).

Depending on the light source and the time of day, each image you take is going to be different.  Early morning light is much cooler and can appear more blue in images and in contrast late afternoon light is a warmer colour full of hues of orange, pinks and yellows! I personally love afternoon light. It just has such a beautiful tone and adds such depth to images.

This week I have been out capturing all sorts of light. From early morning dew drops glistening on the grass to late afternoon sunsets, rich in warm shades of orange, to the full moon night sky. It’s been interesting to just observe and take in all of the beauty that nature has to offer.  I have been driving around all over the place in search of great light shots! Hopefully my neighbours have not reported me for loitering outside their yards and taking photos of fences, trees, flowers and sunsets yet! 🙂 So here is what I’ve been shooting this week.