Flower photos look great on canvases. They make fantastic Wall Art, brighten up an office or add an air of tranquility and calm in a treatment room. Of course you can buy a canvas from a retailer, but when you use your own picture of your own flowers, that image becomes much more special. So how do you set about photographing flowers to get that perfect picture?
Using your phone
You can take some fantastic flower photos using the camera on your phone as it allows you to get in really close and choose your focal point (the little box or [ ] that turns from red to green when you’re in focus). Whilst there are some phones out there that take very high quality pictures, most phone images won’t blow up to canvas size without distortion so we recommend our 8×8” slim canvas for this size of picture to get the best quality.
Whether you’re using your phone or your camera, think really carefully about the background, especially if you’re planning to turn the images into prints or canvases. Out of choice, I go for blue sky, filling the whole frame with the flower or flowers or having a dark background so the colour of the flower ‘pops’ out – especially if there are raindrops on the petals.
Using your camera
If you own a DSLR, I would recommend shooting flowers on aperture setting – getting your f-stop as high as your lens will allow you (so that’s the lowest number, e.g. f2.8). If you have a macro lens or macro filters you probably know what you’re doing so get in close, avoid shadows and off you go. Try changing your focal point, approaching your subject at different angles or looking deep into the flower itself.
If you’ve got a compact or bridge camera, see if it has a macro setting – often shown by a logo similar to this:
Setting your camera to this will mean you can get in closer to take pictures of flowers – therefore capturing more of the detail in focus. Discovering this on my first bridge camera was what really sparked my love of photographing the natural world – because it’s not just good for flowers, it’s good for pretty much anything close up.
Some flowers are better photographed from a distance so you can see the extent of the colour or detail – rhododendrons are a good case with this – go for a wider angle (choose a ‘landscape’ or ‘scenery’ setting) and try looking up at the blooms to get the best shot.
Wherever you are in the world, there will always be something natural to photograph – sometimes you have to look harder to find the beauty but it is always there. Have a go, experiment and hopefully you’ll be photographing flowers all year round.
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You can also check out our pot on how to create stunning backgrounds for your flower photography too. This will help make that wall art, even better. Do check out all the options that we have for our wall art, won’t you?
This post was a guest from Jenny Smith. Jenny has been taking photographs for as long as she can remember and now specialises in taking pictures of the natural world, especially animals. Her photo of a hippo was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ZSL Photography Competition in 2014 and was displayed in installations at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. She was shortlisted again in 2015 and has been shortlisted in two categories in 2016. When not out with her camera, she runs her own business DigitalJen (www.digitaljen.co.uk) providing commercial, creative and digital business services for small businesses – which can include the odd product shoot now and again.