How To Photograph Flowers, Part 7

How To Photograph Flowers, Part 7

Or you may look for an interesting locale, as in this picture - a fine example of "Flowers with..." Here we see the tulips with...a windmill. The entire image is given added impact by the red sunset sky that silhouettes the windmill and the trees. (We quibble with the composition of this picture since the top half seems unrelated to the bottom half. It's as though it were artificially added in the darkroom. In reality, it was not!) In terms of lighting, note one thing: The natural light of the sunset sky was not sufficient to properly illuminate the foreground tulips. So the photographer added light to them with a small flash, but made sure the exposure was long enough to capture the windmill and sky too.

Interesting angles. Whether you're photographing flowers indoors or "au natural," consider unusual angles. In this picture the humble spring Crocus never looked more dramatic nor loomed larger. Why? Because the photographer got down low to exaggerate the flower's height. He also came in close to make them loom large. To get down this low, all you need is to be willing to bend over or lie down. To get this close, you need a macro or close-focusing lens. If you don't have such a lens, SLR users can consider getting a set of close-up filters which attach to your lens like regular filters, but provide magnification that allows you to get very close to your subject. A set of three such filters - each offering a different degree of magnification - costs about $40. (Caution: Make sure you purchase a set that fits the diameter of your basic lenses.)

Here's another interesting angle. In this picture, instead of using a close-focusing lens, the photographer did just the opposite - he used a wide-angle lens. And he shot from up high to look down on the flowers in the foreground. From this angle with a wide-angle lens, he can capture the flowers in the foreground as well as the mountains and blue sky in the background.

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