Flower Macro And Closeup Photography!

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Multi colored leaves grouped together colorful digital art image

Multi-colored leaves grouped together in a colorful digital art image.

Very colorful fall foliage Upper Peninsula Michigan during Autumn color season

Very colorful fall foliage from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the Autumn color season.

Very colorful fall foliage Upper Peninsula Michigan during Autumn color season

Very colorful fall foliage from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the Autumn color season.

Very colorful fall foliage Upper Peninsula Michigan Autumn color season

Very colorful fall foliage from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the Autumn color season.

Red Yellow tulips reaching sun Trümmelbachfälles near Stechelberg Switzerland

Red and Yellow tulips reaching for the sun at the Trümmelbachfälles near Stechelberg Switzerland.

Cool red berries hanging branch snow piled high snow storm Luzern Switzerland

Cool red berries hanging from their branch with snow piled high, after a snow storm in Luzern Switzerland.

gorgeous rose lit up  light painting technique changed red photo editing software

A gorgeous rose lit up by using a light painting technique, which is described on our light painting digital photography tip page, and then changed to red by using photo editing software.

beautiful light orange rose lit light painting technique

A beautiful light orange rose lit up by using a light painting technique, which is described on our light painting digital photography tip page.

Very colorful fall foliage white birch tree Upper Peninsula Michigan during Autumn color season

Very colorful fall foliage and a white birch tree from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the Autumn color season.

Very colorful fall foliage Upper Peninsula Michigan Autumn color season

Very colorful fall foliage from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan during the Autumn color season.

Colorful red yellow leaf lying pavement Luzern Switzerland Autumn color season

Colorful red and yellow leaf lying on the pavement in Luzern Switzerland during the Autumn color season.

beautiful pink rose thriving Luzern Switzerland

A beautiful pink rose thriving in Luzern Switzerland

beautiful pink rose thriving Luzern Switzerland buds burst open moment

A beautiful pink rose thriving in Luzern Switzerland and some buds ready to burst open at any moment.

beautiful pink rose thriving Luzern Switzerland buds ready burst open moment

A beautiful pink rose thriving in Luzern Switzerland and some buds ready to burst open at any moment.

beautiful pink rose thriving Luzern Switzerland buds ready burst open moment

A beautiful pink rose thriving in Luzern Switzerland and some buds ready to burst open at any moment.

Bright white flower soaking sun Luzern Switzerand

Bright white flower soaking up the sun in Luzern Switzerand.

Tips on taking great flower/close-up photography from our photography tips page....

Tip #11) Get Real Close To That Flower.... Most of the time when photographing flowers, it is much better to get really close and fill the viewfinder with one or two flowers and have the background blurred out. Most great flower photos are a close-up of one flower, showing the fine details of its petals and other components. You can either take the photo looking from the top, straight into the flower or from the side, showing the petals and stem.



Some things that looks great in close-up flower photography is water droplets on the flower, or dripping off the flower, or of course butterflies and bees. You usually have to be very quick to get a good butterfly or bee on a flower, so be ready. What also looks great in flower photography is when you have the main flower in sharp focus and then flowers in the background very blurry.



I have noticed with my Canon 20D, which I want to sell and get the 50D or 5D MarkII, that the colors of flowers taken with the camera just aren't as nice as real life. I'm sure the newer cameras can reproduce the colors better, so that is one reason I want to sell my 20D.



It is also smart to bracket exposures or experiment with different exposure settings, when taking close-up flower photos, because a little change in exposure can wash out some fine details and colors of that gorgeous flower. Seems like most of the time the camera will overexpose the flower in the photo, so you could underexpose by -1/3 to -2/3rds.



Another thing to experiment with while photographying flowers is the aperture. Usually when you are doing close-up photos the background will be blurry, but you can change the amount of blurriness, by changing the aperture. A large aperture like F2.8 will have a very short depth-of-field(focus) so the background will be very blurry, but changing the aperture to F22 for example, will give you a small aperture and longer depth-of-field(focus) so the background will be more in focus. This aperture setting, you will have to experiment with to find the right amount of depth-of-field(focus) that you like. Digital SLR cameras usually have a depth-of-field preview button to show you the effect of the aperture setting before taking the photo, but with digital cameras, you can just take a photo, look at the result on the LCD and change the aperture if you don't like it.



Close-up flower photography is also best to do on a cloudy day, so the light isn't overpowering and causing lots of shadows. On a sunny day just find some flowers in the shade or make your own shade with a piece of cardboard. Flower photography is also a great to do when there doesn't seem to be anything else good to photograph, just get out and walk around and you will surely find some great flowers to shoot. So get out, have some fun, get some exercise and fresh air, and find some beautiful flowers!!