Like a lot of folks, spring is my favorite time of the year. And one big reason for that is the chance to get my camera out and do some flower and macro photography.
With that in mind, it seems like a good time to talk about tips for great flower photography. We’ve rounded up some of the best! So below you’ll find tips and videos to help you take better flower photos, gathered from some of the best photography blogs around.
But before we get into that, let’s first talk about equipment.
The Right Equipment Helps
We all like to say that having more and better camera gear doesn’t make for better photography. Except that sometimes it does. And that’s especially true when it comes to flower photography. Realistically, having certain gear can help you capture better flower photos or at least make taking them a lot easier. And, in fact, there are some flower images that you simply can’t get without a bit of specialized equipment.
With that said, here’s the lowdown on gear that can be useful when photographing flowers.
When most people think about flower photography, they usually think macro lenses. But some of my best flower images have been taken with one of my favorite lens, a Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro Lens.
I typically use this lens at the longer end of the zoom range when shooting flowers. This longer focal length gives me a narrow angle of view, reducing the amount of background in the image and helping to isolate my subject. And by opening the lens to its widest aperture (f/2.8), I can get that background to be soft and blurry.
You’ll notice that this lens has “Marco” in its name. But this isn’t a true macro lens (which gives a magnification factor of 1:1 at the closest focus setting). In this case, the Macro designation means that the lens can focus at a relatively short distance. That means that I can get closer to my subject while still being able to focus my lens.
Although I really enjoy photographing flowers with my telephoto zoom, the minimum focusing distance on these types of lenses can sometimes get in the way. There are times when I want to get closer and still be able to focus my lens.
That’s when a macro lens comes in handy. A true macro lens is a prime lens (which means that it has a single, fixed focal length) that allows you to focus at a very close distance and magnifies your subject at a 1:1 ratio. So the image captured on your camera’s sensor is the same size as the object you are photographing.