Do you ever go for an inspirational walk to take great outdoor photos only to come home and find most of the photos are pale, washed out, or full of glare? Your flower photos look faded and almost lifeless? I understand how that feels. At least for me, it is almost depressing to come home and have 200 photos that I can’t use because the sun was too strong and those beautiful bright flowers turned into dull photos. At least with a digital camera you do not waste film.
Most likely you took those photos on a bright “cheerful” sunny day. While you might enjoy a walk in the sun working on your tan, your photography will need more work because of it. Even on a sunny day there is hope. You might find that some large trees or taller buildings cast shade and shadow. Do not forget that shadows from tall objects change as the day goes by. Check those places for things of wonder to photograph. Many people plant and forget flowers and they frequently survive better in those less noticed places where there is less competition from grass. You might have some short flowers under shrubs or even other taller plants.
A partly or mostly cloudy day is wonderful for taking floral photos. The colors will stay strong and you won’t have to worry about shadows being harsh. A strong shadow is great for still life artwork, but a strong shadow is not so great for outdoor flowers.
The perfect time for going outside to take photos of flowers and almost anything else by the street is after a good rain. The leaves and petals will be dust free and water drops left after the rain can be very attractive on a close up or macro shot. Double flowers on long stems might get a little heavy so you might have to go back later for those images. If you go out after the rain stops be sure to bring a plastic or waterproof bag for your camera and wear a jacket with a hood in case it starts raining again.
Finally if all else fails, try going by the flowers you want to photograph in the early morning or late afternoon to see if you can get better lighting. At least you got some exercise and fresh air.
About the Author
Christopher Johnson is a visual artist who works in photography, photo-manipulation, computer generated art, oil painting, acrylic painting, portraits, etc. He has been selling fine art online since 2007 and is available for art commissions and licensing. His favorite subject is flower and nature art and he enjoys creating digital portraits. Visit his Painting Lessons and Photography Lessons on his art website or go to the homepage to see his new artwork posts.
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