A photographic trend as old as time, flower photography has become so widespread that every photographer is guilty of having tried it at least once. Not only do flowers make a great macro subject, they are also a popular textural niche for photographers.
With the right angle and framing, you can easily preserve the lifelike beauty of the flowers and capture its texture, ensuring a breathtaking visual for your audience. After all, it’s a surefire way to transform your wallet into something more aesthetically pleasing.
The tips and tricks needed for flawless floral photography are fairly easy to master, and Pixlr’s intuitive interface is here to help take your visuals to the next level.
Read below for new inspiration and helpful tips for getting creative with your next flower shoot.
Flower Photography Tips and Inspirations
1. macro up
When it comes to flower photography, a common approach among photographers is to zoom in. By getting closer to the flower, you can get interesting details and even a unique vantage point.
However, many beginners are often put off by this technique as they assume it will require a suitable macro lens or even a DSLR. Don’t worry – this photography trick can actually be done with smartphone cameras, depending on the settings. You can even use a magnifying glass or filter to achieve this look.
- Choose the ideal weather
When it comes to flower photography, most often you will have to resort to outdoor shots. However, shooting on location comes with specific challenges such as choosing the right time.
The “perfect” weather for floral photography not only involves sunny, cloudless skies – it actually requires that the wind is not present. Windy days should be completely avoided by floral photographers as they can change direction or even blow subjects away, making focusing difficult.
To avoid encountering wind, it is advisable to photograph early in the morning as the weather tends to be calmer. Even better, you can also try bringing the flowers indoors for easier shooting.
3. Experiment with depth of field
If you come across that style of floral photography where you can clearly see the details down to the petals or stamens of the flower, and wonder how you can do the same, here’s the secret to it. A wide aperture setting is necessary to achieve this style of floral macro photography.
The aperture is the main element of the exposure triangle and it controls the amount of light that can reach the sensor. By adjusting the aperture setting to be wide (meaning it has a large f-number such as f/1.4, f/2.8, etc.), a shallow depth of field is created. This produces a mostly out of focus macro shot consisting of a sharp focal point.
4. Lighting is everything
Choosing the right lighting is important – this ultimately applies to any type of photography, regardless of the subject. However, when it comes to flowers, lighting plays an even more crucial role in determining the outcome.
Relying solely on natural lighting (especially since floral photography is usually done outdoors) can be time consuming. You can try exploring different lighting by combining lamps, ring lights, LED string lights, and natural light to achieve your vision. This will give you more control over the shades, warmth, and contrast of the flowers in your image.
5. To show creativity
Ultimately, floral photography gives you unlimited possibilities and creative opportunities. You can play with many different types of accessories and change the flower arrangement to your liking. Challenge your creative versatility and see what aesthetic you can achieve.
You may want to consider adding filters to transform the texture and style of your floral image. You can even add visual elements like graphics and stickers if you’re going for an illustrative look.
Edit your floral images using Pixlr
Dramatize with Pixlr E
- bokeh effect
Add a touch of surrealism to your floral images using Pixlr E bokeh effect. With this effect, you can essentially soften or blur the background, making your main floral subject stand out even more. Pixlr’s Bokeh effect offers users up to 5 different blur styles for you to explore.
2. Dispersion effect
With Pixlr E Scatter, you can add movement and fluidity to your images. This effect is especially useful if you are going for a dreamy look where the flower is blowing in the wind. By adding the Disperse Indeed, the end result of floral photography can be dramatized, resulting in a more picturesque framing.
3. Glitch effect
The Glitch effect is multi-functional – it can help you achieve different kinds of styles. From retro, vintage to even futuristic. If you want to evoke nostalgia within your audience, adding glitches in your floral image can ensure that.
Expressive editing with Pixlr X
While Pixlr strives to always be innovative, rest assured that our extensive range of filter collections is constantly expanding. This allows you to beautify your images in seconds, as you only need to apply the filter with one click. You can find the choices on Pixlr X and see it for yourself.
2. Automatic improvement
With Pixlr X’s auto-enhance filter, you can adjust the vibrancy, lighting, and color of your images in just a few steps. Thanks to the user-centric design of the platforms, users can easily make their floral images stand out! The AI-driven site is guaranteed to improve your floral photography skills.
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