Flowers are so cliche when it comes to photography… but that doesn’t stop most of us from shooting them! Heck, some photographers even specialize in flower photography and they do a darn good job of it. If you’re getting bored with your current bag-o-tricks for photographing flowers, scan through these tips and get inspired to try something different.
1. DITCH THE COLOR
Flower photos are generally full of vibrant colors, but that’s not the only way to do it. Black and white flower photos can bring much needed attention to details and textures that would otherwise be masked by the blinding colors.
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2. USE AS A FOREGROUND
The flowers don’t always need to be the center of attention. Use them as a foreground or background to lay down some color for your main subject. Bonus points for using complimentary colors in your composition.
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3. LOOK INDOORS
Flowers are inside too! Not every flower photo needs to be 100% “natural” — try your hand at some still life.
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4. DOUBLE EXPOSE
Flowers can make for pretty cool double exposures. Experiment with combinations of up-close and far-off shots of the same flowers.
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5. GO ABSTRACT
Flowers have great curves — so use that to your advantage. A good macro setup will allow you to capture abstract images of the colors, curves, and textures.
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6. REFLECT WITH WATER
Reflection can be a powerful composition technique, and flower photography is no exception.
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7. FOCUS ON SYMMETRY
Reflections are a type of symmetry, but flowers often exhibit another type of symmetry: radial. Use the radial symmetry of most flowers to create a strong composition.
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8. PAINT YOUR OWN FLOWER
Light painting is another interesting style of photography, so why not mix it up with flower photography?
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9. CATCH A BUG
That’s right, catch a bug in your frame. Those little insects can often add a lot to your image by catching the eye of the viewer. Anything unexpected will generate interest.
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10. BE A SMURF
Sometimes you have to get a little dirty to get the shot. Macro photographers will often wear grungy clothes for nature outings (or bring a blanket/tarp) because they know they’ll be laying on the ground at some point. Get down there and see how the world looks from the perspective of your feet.
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11. FIND URBAN FLOWERS
Flowers grow in cities too! Next time you’re in an urban environment, keep your eyes peeled for flowers growing naturally or even landscaped flowers.
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12. DO THE DEWDROP TRICK
Most of us have seen these types of photos with the flower inside the dewdrop. Still, it’s a pretty cool trick and you can do it with more than just flowers.
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13. USE AS A PROP
If you’re doing people shots or portrait photography, try adding flowers as a secondary subject or background.
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Do you have any flower photography tips or examples? If so, leave them in the comments below!