How to do Photograph Flowers, My Favorite Spring Hobby

Tips on Photographing Flowers

Spring has finally arrived and I was able to pick daffodils and tulips for my dining room table. That means my camera comes out of it’s winter hibernation and I get into my flower photography again. I’m not a winter person and by February and March the lack of sunshine and Vitamin D squash my photographic creativity

But with the first blooms of the daffodils and warmth of sun I get inspired again to take pictures. I don’t have a photo studio but I use my dining room which has south facing windows to created a makeshift photography studio. The southern exposure gives me plenty of light during the afternoon. Then it’s a matter of using white art matte boards to bounce light.

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Daffodils and Hyacinths

My favorite photos this year actually belong to my tulips. The setup included flowers in vases, various colors of artist mat board for the backgrounds, a tripod and my Canon Rebel with the shutter on a 2 second delay. This might seem strange but you can achieve sharper images when you don’t manually press the shutter. With shutter speeds over 1/500 it isn’t an issue, but for macro photography or shutter speeds less than 1/250th it does make a difference. Give it a try and let me know how it works.

Flower Photography

Tulips edited in Lightroom

All the flowers I edited in Lightroom some, like the one below I experimented with various looks to achieve more of a fine art effect. I decreased the vibrancy and contrast for a softer look.

Flower photography and editing in Lightroom

Tulips edited in Lightroom

The flowers on the black matte I left pretty much their natural colors to contrast with the dark background. Yes the colors were just this vibrant. I did pull the “blacks” slider in the editor down to saturate and even out the black mat. But other than that I did very little.

Tulips edited in Lightroom

Set against a black mat board

Single orange tulip

Single orange tulip

I love post production and Lightroom! It’s so much fun to explore what you can do with an image to improve the beauty and artistry. I’ve never taken any classes in either computer program, most has all been self-taught with use of a few YouTube videos, books and a LOT of experimentation. I’m still using the stand alone Adobe programs and Lightroom 6 was released in April of 2015. When I get a new computer I will subscribe to the Creative Cloud with the latest version of Photoshop and Lightroom continually updated for $10/mo

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Tips on Photographing Flowers