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Taking Digital Pictures of Flowers orchidman

A couple of Tips and Tricks to get the most out of your flower pictures.

Most digital cameras today have a flower icon somewhere. This flower button is made just for you! When you want to take pictures of a flower click this button, it will make your flowers look better every time. The flower function turns your lens into a bit of a micro-zoom lens, which will sharpen up-close objects.

Take the picture with the sun behind you, not in front of you. You want to capture the LIGHT on the flower.

Light. Anything beautiful, will be even more beautiful with sunlight on it. The best sunlight only lasts for about 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset. Remember: images of objects are OK, images of objects with light on them are great, and images of objects with sunset or sunrise light on them are spectacular.

Exposure. Turn your exposure down. Most flowers are bright, and will blow out your images. If you turn the expose down about -7 or so, you will see a great improvement in detail. Later you can take an image like this into most image software and equalize the light levels. This does the same thing that the film developer does, but much more acurately.

Close-ups. Capture the flower face as close as you can, without cutting any of the petals off. If there are many flowers, one of the best shots is to have one flower in the foreground with all of the others in the background. Find the best specimen, micro-zoom up on it , Then frame up the background.

Flower direction. If the flower isn't facing the camera directly, frame up the picture to make the flower face toward the center of the image and not away from it.

Double flower shot. A good double flower shot is to have one closer that is facing directly into the camera with the other one facing off to the right or left. This gives the viewer a side view.

More is more. Take a lot of pictures. If you take two pictures, one will be better than the other. If you take 50, your chances of having a great shot will be 2% better than if you take 49. It's also a good way to learn what works and what doesn't. And since digital doesn't use up film or cost anything really, go crazy on the clicker.
Blue Sky, if you can angle up and surround the flower with blue sky, the flower will really jump out. Watch out for the sun though, as it can cast glints and spots on your image if it hits your lens in any way.

Insects. Bees or crawling insects are good for two reasons, they are interesting to look at, and they provide information about which insects inhabit that particular flower.

I told you mine, now you tell me yours. Do you know any photography tricks or techniques?

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