Temperature's rising, birds are back from the south, leaves are growing on trees, and flowers are in bloom.
Yes, Spring has truly arrived.
And if you were worried about bringing out your camera into freezing temperatures of the outdoors, now's the perfect time to whip out your DSLR or point-and-shoot.
And if you are new to photography, then I have a couple of pieces of advice when you want to shoot flowers: get really, really low and get really, really close.
You see, most people shoot flowers standing up. So, majority of photos of flowers you will see are shot with the photographer lording over the flowers. There's really nothing wrong with that but sometimes it's really hard to see what your photographing.
Look at the picture below:
It can use a lot of improvement...
One solution is to isolate your subject:
But, still, you could do some more...
So, the next step is to get close.
Now we are getting somewhere. We were able to eliminate most of the negative space and we have clearly defined our subject, though the white blooms below are competing for our attention.
So, the next technique to use is to get really low. Why? If you get low, then you will produce a picture of a flower that is not always seen: you don't see a lot of people lying on the grass to look at flowers, right? But also, flowers look really nice when it's in a vase on a table, right?
Because flowers look nice when viewed from the side.
And the flowers behind the subject are out of focus so we can definitely tell that they are just the backdrop to the main subject.
[April 25 - Title updated to “Part 1” to give way to “Part 2”. Part 2 can be found here.]
Shots made with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon EF 24-105 f/4L lens. Want a nice photography bag for your DSLR? Check out my review of the Lowepro Slingshot 202 here.
Photography Chicago There's Always A Shot Review Philippines Gadgets Outdoor Metro Manila Photography Accesories Street Photography Events Photography Inspiration Photo Journalism Summer Photography Advice Travel Winter Accessories Photography How-to Portraiture The Wife Apple Autumn Shot A Million Times Video Review Product Review iPhone Holidays Long Exposure Spring Architecture Princeton Inspiration Taguig iPhone Accessories Art Indoor iPod Canon Music Cameras Event Fireworks Photography Technique Photojournalism Museum Books Fine Art How-to Personal Product Photography iPhone photography Fitness Flowers Health iPhone Photo Blue Hour #MoreFunInThePhilippines Food Photography Landscapes Panorama Filipino Fujifilm Launch Mac Shoes Sony California HDR Japan Lenses Musings Navy Pier Night Photography Photoshop Science iPad Android BGC Bags Blog Contest Family Fashion Friends Internet Makati City Motion Blur Non-iPhone phone Road Trip Running Sunset USA iPad Accessories iPhone Apps Animated GIF Battery Bluetooth Cebu Cycling Dance Earphones Fitbit Food Fujinon Garmin Gym Home Luzon Macro Natural Light Photography Outdoor Run Pageantry Parade Quantified Self Quezon City Smartphone Sports Tabletop Photography Time Lapse Video Workout iOS 4K Advice Anime Animé App Review Apple Accessories Architectures Asia Athletics Beach City Scape Cosplay Dining Drop-proof case Duathlon Editorial Emotion Flower Globe GoPro HD Halloween Holy Sites Home Theater Joby Laptop Accessories Learning Long Zoom Love Lowepro MacBook Manga Manila Milky Way Mind Museum Minnesota Mobile Phone Mobile Phone Photography Movies North Luzon Orange PSHS Pasay City People Photography Event Post-Processing Power Rain Requests SM MoA Samsung Satire Sound Speakers TPLEX Tagaytay Tanay Televisions Temples There is always a shot Videography Walking Workshop iPhone Case iPhone Xs Max