Flowers are some of the most easiest and trickiest subjects for the photographer. There is not one angle left that a flower hasn’t been photographed from. However,close up flower photography is a subject that still interests the many people who hold a camera, whether it be a professional or an amateur.
Ever since I had a camera, I’ve tried to photograph flowers from up close. However getting that particular look that I want has been very tricky. So I searched for various tips on how to photograph a flower from up close. Here are the tips I found to be handy. Mind you, these are somethings I found over in various forums and websites.
Tips for Close Up Flower Photography with point and shoot cameras:
- It always helps to have an assistant with you to give shade.
- You won’t be able to use the optical (eye level) viewfinder and will have to use the LCD to compose and focus.
- Shade the LCD from direct sunlight. A hood that attaches to your camera with Velcro can be bought commercially or you can create one yourself.
- Check your manual to see if you can brighten the LCD for shooting in sunlight.
- Remember that your camera focuses on what is exactly in the center of your viewfinder.
- Put the area that you want to be sharpest in the center of your viewfinder and use “Focus Lock”.
- Recompose and take your picture.
- Tripods will be useful but not essential.
- Try for side lighting.
- Don’t use flash as it won’t cover the picture area evenly and will grossly overexpose the image.
- Set your ISO on “Auto”.
- Set your camera on the “Green” setting or on the “P” setting.
- Read the instruction manual to see how close you can focus in normal mode and the range you can use in “Macro Mode”.
- Learn how to set your camera on “Macro Mode”.
- If your camera has it, learn how to use “Manual Focus”. While “Auto Focus” works you don’t always know exactly where the focus point is.
- TAKE LOTS OF SHOTS!