How to Photograph Flowers

You’ve probably heard it said: “April showers bring May flowers.” A less common, but just as true saying is “With the right aperture, you’ll get great photos for sure!” Combine those two, and you’ve got the right time and method for great spring nature photography!

The following videos give you insight into taking stunning flower photographs, whether you’re taking your top-of-the-line digital SLR to the local botanical gardens or you’re photographing your own garden with your smartphone.

Don’t be put off by cloudy skies when planning your garden visit. Overcast skies provide some of the best lighting for flower photography. If your day is sunny and bright, on the other hand, you may want to use a polarizing filter. Here’s how to use a polarizing filter to photograph flowers:

Don’t have a polarizing filter? If you have a pair of polarizing sunglasses lying around, you can simply hold those in front of your camera when shooting. Alternatively, save your 3D glasses next time you see a 3D movie, and you have a quick and easy filter for your camera. Here’s how to turn 3D glasses into a polarizing filter:

The best flower photos fill the entire frame and show of the tiniest details. To achieve this, you may need a magnifier or lens extender. Learn more with this video:

If you’re using your smartphone to take your photos, don’t get discouraged when a super-close up, or macro, shot gets blurry. You can purchase a macro lens for your smartphone, or you can use a magnifying glass in front of your camera to enlarge the subject. The small magnifying lens you find in an eyeglass repair kit works great for this. Alternatively, here’s how to use a water droplet on your smartphone lens to create a great macro effect:

Flower and macro nature photography is a great way to spend spring days. Enjoy the weather and happy shooting!

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