Wildflower Photo Techniques

8 November 2013 At Your Leisure
Thistle In Bloom

The best wildflower photos are captured when the plant begins to bloom. Wildflowers bloom by the thousands, but there is a short window of time to get the ideal shot you are looking for.

Wildflower Photography Techniques

Sometimes “weeds” provide the best wildflower photos of all. Knowing a few tricks on how to photograph flowers in the forest is the best way to get wonderful shots.

Wind Screen
Bring a cardboard box to block the wind while you take your wildflower photo.
A plastic sheet taped between two sticks also works.

Focus
Use the manual focus to get the correct photo of the wildflower at the proper distance.
Play with your aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings to get the right depth of field and a crisp shot.

Light
Take shots at different times of the day to use the best natural light conditions.
Early morning allow you to catch the dew and use shadows that are softer than mid-day.
Add artificial light to offset shadows. Use a piece of white paper to reflect light.
Cover your flash with a piece of toilet paper or a tissue to balance exposure when shooting closeups.

Composition
Try different angles – above, below and a mixture of side shots.

Background
Place a piece of construction paper behind the plant to isolate the flower and control the background colour.

Stabilization
Use the tripod, a rock or a piece of wood to stabilize the camera.
Use a remote control to get the best quality shot.

Shoot over the course of a few days if the plants are blooming in stages to get the best selection of shots.

Written and photographed by: Andrew Walker

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