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5. Control your depth of field. If you are photographing a single flower with a busy background then use a wide aperture to selectively focus on flower and blur out background. Conversely, if you are photographing a field of flowers use a smaller aperture setting to bring most, if not all flowers into focus. If your camera has a depth of field preview then this is time to use it.
6. Look for unusual. Some examples would be snow or ice on a flower, A flower growing out of concrete or even a dead flower that has an interesting look.
7. Donít put your camera away just because itís cloudy or looks like a storm is coming. Colors really pop at this time and you can get some amazing photographs in these conditions. I have even photographed in rainy and foggy weather with great results. Be sure to use a tripod and keep your gear dry.
8. On a bluebird sunny day, soften harsh contrasty light by placing a diffusion screen between flower you are photographing and sun. You can purchase a portable diffusion screen or use something you have on hand. You can completely block sun and put your flower in shade, then redirect some light back on flower with a reflector. This reflector can be a commercially made reflector or just something reflective like a white T-shirt or a piece of foam core. Another photographic technique would be to use fill flash. If your camera has an automatic fill flash function then give it a try. Experiment with lighting ratio if your camera will let you change flash output. I find reflectors to be a better option then fill flash most of time.
9. Photograph your flowers from different angles. Shoot straight down, from side, from underneath, just change it up a little.
10. Have fun with it. Donít be afraid to experiment and try different things. Once you think you have photograph in bag, get wacky with it!
Ken is a long time photo enthusiast who decided to publish a web site www.explore-photography.com after many of his favorite photography magazines stopped or reduced thier articles on photography techniques and started focusing on product reviews.