Spring is the best time of year for those who love taking photos of flowers. When the world is waking up after winter and every twig is blossoming, you get tons of great opportunities for amazing photos.
Most flower and blossom photos require skill and often need you to have the right equipment. No matter whether you shoot with a compact camera or with a dSLR, these tips will help you take the best possible photos.
Use a Macro Mode or a Macro Lens
When you think of blossom photos, close-up shots are the first thing that comes to mind. Nothing looks as delicate and beautiful than a close-up of a cherry blossom branch or a beautiful daffodil. The only problem is that most beginners end up having these photos out of focus where the subject is blurred instead of the background. The easiest way to avoid this is to use a Macro mode that most compact cameras have (usually there’s a flower sign next to the control that enables it). And if you have a dSLR, it may be a good idea to invest in a macro lens. That’s not the same thing as a zoom lens because zoom lenses will often not work for close-ups.
Autofocus is a great feature, but it doesn’t always do your close-up photography any favors. I bet you know how frustrating it is when you keep trying to make your camera focus where you want it to and it just won’t do that! If your camera supports manual focusing (all dSLRs do), switch to that. You will be able to focus exactly where you want and take your photo exactly as you want it.
Shoot from Various Viewpoints
When you find a good subject for a photo, take your time and check how it looks from different viewpoints. Better still, take several photos from different angles. You can always sort through them later on your computer and choose the best pictures.
Find Great Backgrounds
Do you sometimes wish that your blossoming branch had the sky for a background and not a net of other twigs? While I’m strongly against damaging nature and breaking off blossoming branches, you can always ask a friend to change the angle of a twig and hold it against the sky while you’re taking your photo. And if you are photographic cut flowers, take some time to arrange the background and compose your photo. It’s well worth it.
We hope that these tips will help you take great spring blossom photos that you will upload and share on DropShots!