How to Photograph a Flower

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Mobile Flower Photography Tips Part II

Flowers have been muses to photographers and all artists in general for years. There are many ways to show a flower. You can photograph flowers in a vase or the wild. You can add people in your photographs or just a gentle hand. Follow the seasons through flowers, and you will have a fantastic selection of pictures. Flowers: a beautiful hobby- to photograph, to plant, and to arrange.

The Flower and the Background

A flower is all about patterns. Some flowers have lots of colors and patterns, while others have fewer colors but still have many designs. Choose the background of your flowers well so that you will enhance the flower.

Out in the Wild

How can you choose a background when you are out in the wild? Lower your camera and tilt it up a bit to make the sky the background of the photograph.

How to get a great background:

Place the camera at eye level to the flower and come as close as possible to the flower.

What happens if you want the lush green patterns in the background, but the image isn’t working out? Everything seems to be competing with each other!

You can’t tell what the main subject is?

Time to edit!

Photo by Marguerite Beaty Edited with Snapseed: Lens blur, brush, brightness

Photo by Marguerite Beaty Edited with Snapseed: Lens blur, brush, brightness

(I like to use the Snapseed App)

Do you want to enhance something in a photo?

-Make that main subject a bit darker or lighter than the background with the brush tool.

-Slightly Blur the background with the lens blur tool.

-Add a vignette and make the inside lighter or darker.

Most Important flower photography tip:

Get close to the flower. A flower likes intimacy.

Before Snapseed After Snapseed

Before Snapseed After Snapseed

Another important tip:

Don’t zoom in with the mobile camera; walk closer to the flower. A zooming tool is a great tool, but the image won’t always look very sharp. So get really near the flower.

Flowers look more beautiful during cloudy days or when you photograph them under a shade. The diffused light will allow you to see each detail better, and the camera will record it well.

It’s not to say that you can’t photograph under the sun. Of course, you can, and you must, but- don’t photograph under the mid-day sun because you will get lots of those unwanted bright hot spots. Photograph early in the morning or late in the afternoon, and if you still get hot spots, raise your hand to cover the sun and produce shade.


Flower Photography Tips Part I

Main photo by Marguerite Beaty edited with Snapseed: Brush, brightness

Marguerite Beaty, Blogger, Photographer & Artist

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