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Tips for photographing flowers

  • May 18, 2013
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  • 2 minutes
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As spring blossoms across Canada, flower photographers will be on a mission to get the perfect shot. Whether visiting gardens or on a walk in the woods, here are some tips and tricks to keep in my mind for your next shoot:

1. Bring a tripod

Having a tripod allows you to stabilize your shots and is especially useful for keeping still during longer exposure times in low light or when zoomed-in on your subject.

2. Watch the weather

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Rain can add beauty to flower shots. (Photo: Justin Nalepa)

Heading out after a rainy day can yield some great photos — but if it’s really windy, you’ll have a difficult time getting your subject in sharp focus.

3. Shoot at dawn and dusk

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Shooting during the twilight hours can be especially rewarding. (Photo: Justin Nalepa)

The twilight hours are the best times to capture some great lighting. Heading out early in the morning before work or in the evening before sunset can really pay off.

4. Get up close

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Flowers are perfect subjects for macro techniques. (Photo: Justin Nalepa)

For great detail in your shots, try your hand at macro photography. If you don’t have a macro lens, try a reverse mount adapter (available for $30 or less) or extension tubes ($100+). Coupled with a standard 50mm lens, you’ve got yourself a poor man’s macro kit.

5. Bring it all together with “Focus Stacking”

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Try a technique called focus stacking for sharp pictures full of detail. (Photo: Justin Nalepa)

For those with access to photo-editing programs like Photoshop, try experimenting with a technique called focus stacking. By combining several images of the same subject with different focal points, you can create sharp pictures with lots of detail. To do this, add all the images onto separate layers and auto-align layers in the Edit drop-down menu. Complete the focus stacking process by combining the layers with blend layers (under the edit menu). Make sure to choose the “stack photos” option and crop your image for a great photo.

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Experiment with different backgrounds. (Photo: Justin Nalepa)
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