How to Take Amazing Macro Flower Photos

Flowers are one of my favorite photography subjects. They can’t complain if the photo doesn’t come out right. Flowers also look very different when shot from different angles and zoom levels. Explore the flower from these different angles to get completely new photos. While taking photos indoors, the two most important things to keep in mind are lighting and background.

red flower macro photography

“I’m Coming Out” captured by Anthony Zeder (Click image to see more from Zeder)

1) Choose a diffused light source, like a large window or multiple lamps to throw light on the flowers. Harsh lighting sources can cause the photograph to look washed out. 2) Pick an uncluttered background, such as a plain wall. You can even hang a cloth at a distance behind the flowers to get a plain, solid colored background. Make sure that the background is far away from the subject. This ensures that it’s out of focus and also makes sure that no shadows fall on the background. 3) Chose a narrow depth of field. Keeping the depth of field shallow will reduce the background clutter and draw attention to the flower. Shallow depth of field is achieved by opening up the lens wide.

orchid flower

“Orchid” captured by Eric R. (Click image to see more from Eric)

Outdoors, it’s Tougher to Control the Background

4) Moving around to change the angle of the shot can dramatically change the background. Choose an angle from which the background is far away from the flower itself. Many photographers carry a few plain cloth sheets with them to use as backgrounds. 5) Carry a macro lens or extension tubes. Macro lenses allow you to get closer to the subject and still focus on them. Extension tubes allow you to reuse your lenses and reduce the minimum focusing distance. Since they don’t have any optical components, they don’t harm the image quality in any way. 6) Add an insect to the photograph to make it more interesting. The best time to photograph is during early morning since the insects are still inactive due to the night’s cold and dew.

fly on yellow flower

“Bluebottle” captured by Kevin Lovibond (Click image to see more from Lovibond)

7) Rain and dew make flower shots more interesting. Look for flowers with dew drops on them, or just spray some water on them yourself.

pink flower with water drops

“Flower Droplets” captured by Tim Caldbeck (Click image to see more from Caldbeck)

Post Processing of Flower Photos

8) You can always post process the photo to enhance it. Some of the common post processing techniques used in flower photos are cropping the photograph, increasing saturation to give richer colors, increasing contrast and brightness, and adding vignetting effects. Vignetting is the dark shadows on the corners of a photograph’s frame, often caused by the lens. Adding vignetting moves the eye to the center of the photograph.

About the Author:
This articles was written by Tushit Jain from TwistedTripod. A place for learning photography and sharing your best photographs, travel stories, destinations and occasionally stuff from another life.

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One response to “How to Take Amazing Macro Flower Photos”

  1. I love shooting in macro and there are some great tips here, so thank you for that. I find it most frustrating to almost have a good shot and the slightest breeze ruins it. I keep trying though! :)
    I was wondering how you get a true red in your photos? Mine tend to have a cooler tint than a rich deep red.

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