Flowers with a blue sky

Flower photo tips, by Henry B.
(source: http://www.shutterflystorytelling.com/2009/05/18/flower-photo-tips-by-henry-b/ [shutterflystorytelling.com])

First, decide what type of photo you want. By this I mean, do you want a group of flowers or a single flower. This makes a big difference because it usually easier to take pictures of a group of flowers than a single flower. However, even with a group photo, the other rules apply.

Choose the desired camera angle in relationship to the flowers. Try getting low to shoot up at the flower or flowers instead of a typical straight on or other standard shooting angle to obtain interesting effects.

Look for or create unusual lighting situations. For example, try shooting with the flower between you and the light source. Also, shoot with the sun an low angles (morning and late afternoon) to obtain dramatic lighting contrasts on the flower. You can also use your flash during daytime to increase the contrast between the flower and the background.

Pay attention to the background because the background can be the difference between an ordinary flower picture and an extraordinary one. This may require you to shift position either up, down, right, and/or left. However, it may not be possible in all situations. Another thing to try is to change to a different focal length lens. For example, standing further away with a telephoto lens may give the background you want.

Control what is in focus by purposely choosing the lens and the aperture for the photo. While this is usually most easily done with a SLR or a DSLR, it is still possible with some point and shoot cameras. A narrow field of focus will blur the background (and possibly the foreground) which can highlight the flower or object in focus.

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