Flowers hold such magic for most people. Maybe it’s the delicate beauty people are most drawn to, or their symbolical meaning. They can make you think of love, spring, or life renewed–all beautiful things.
Regardless of their appeal, they make great photography subjects. You can focus on shooting a set of amazing macro flower pictures. Or, you can use them as lovely foregrounds/backgrounds for landscape shots and portraits. With the right light, you can get a stunning shot at almost every angle.
Here are a few quick tips for taking great flower images, followed by 55 beautiful pictures for your inspiration.
Find the best light.
This can be said about pretty much any photo you’re trying to improve. Generally, with flowers, overcast days work the best. With a grayish-white sky, you’ll get a soft, even light that brings out the flowers’ colors.
However, you can still get great shots on a sunny day. In this case, try experimenting with backlight (when the sun is lighting the flowers from behind). Since flower petals are thin, the sun will shine through the petals, making the flower glow.
Backlight is easiest to capture at the end of the day, when the sun is low in the horizon. It doesn’t have to be the golden hour yet, per se, but it wouldn’t hurt. That warm, golden light makes everything more beautiful.
Nevertheless, don’t feel limited by these two conditions. You might even find that flowers change at different times of the day and with different lighting conditions, making for more interesting compositions and opportunities to get a unique shot. If you find a great field of flowers, visit it often at different times to see what works best for the image you’re trying to capture.
Turn off your camera’s autofocus.
If you’re using a digital camera, you don’t have to get every shot perfect. You can take thousands of shots and not have to develop all of them. You can just choose the best image off the card.
In other words, you have plenty of time to be patient and get the right shot. You don’t have to run around the field, snapping as many photos as you can with your camera on full auto. You can sit down with a single flower and take your time. Set up the camera in manual mode, test out different compositions and settings, and really concentrate on creating a sharp image. Turning off the autofocus allows you focus exactly on the point in the flower composition that you want to capture. This way, you can create an image that’s truly unique.
Find out the name of the flower you’re shooting.
This isn’t exactly related to photography, but it’s still useful. There’s nothing like stumbling over your words when you try to explain the kind of flower you photographed. Getting into flower photography gives you a chance to learn more about botany and better understand the subjects you’re shooting.
More Flower Photography Inspiration
TPA – 55 Beautiful Macro Flower Pictures
A blog post from our archives, this stunning gallery takes flower photography to the next level with macro shots.
PixyPics – Summer Flower Pictures
A flower inspiration post that’ll make you crave warm summer days.
Contrastly – Floral Photography: Ways to Improve Your Craft
Simple techniques to help bring the best light to your flower pics.
noupe – 50 Beautiful Examples of Flower Photography
A wonderful collection of flower photos featuring lots of bright colors.
DPS – 41 Delicious Flower Photographs
Digital Photography School has some of the best inspirational photo galleries out there. The close-up pictures will definitely inspire you to get out and shoot some close ups. DPS also offers many great tutorials and tips for those looking to make their flower photos even better.
Abduzeedo – Breathtaking Flower Fields Photography
Rather than focus on the close up, this blog post features fields of flowers which will give you some great landscape composition ideas.
500px – 31 Incredibly Captivating Flower Photos by Wei-San Ooi
Wow. This post features some of of the most beautiful flower photos I’ve ever seen. My favorites are the macros with water droplets.