I often see lots of lovely ‘nine by nine’ grids appearing on Instagram, especially at the end of each month! These montages are beautiful, and other Instagram users have inspired me to create a few of my own Instagram grids on a regular basis.
I love photographing flowers and most of my flower photos end up on Instagram, and so I thought I’d start this post with two Instagram ‘nine’s’ of my favourite 2015 flower photos. Generally speaking I find flower photography quite straightforward, but thought I’d share a few tops tips for creative flower photography with you…
I use my iPhone for my Instagram feed, so these tips are practical and work well for all phone photographers rather than the more technical tips I’d be giving to those using a DSLR!
Top Tips for Creative Flower Photography
1. Angle – Once you have chosen your flower to photograph, decide on the best angle to show it off to its full advantage – sideways, straight on, or from above. For example, Daisies and Gerberas lend themselves to ‘looking down’ flat-lay shots, yet lilies and daffodils look better when photographed from a ‘sideways’ angle.
2. Distractions – If you are photographing flowers in a garden or park you’ll need to move around and make sure other distractions e.g. a tool shed or fence are not in the picture. Sometimes you simply need to zoom in and have a tighter framing of the flower.
3. Focal Point – Decide on your focal point and/or point of interest.. What attracts you most to the flower, the stem, colour, texture, petals, shape etc…? Once you have identified this you can photograph your flower for maximum effect! Remember to tap on your phone screen to ensure your image is in complete focus if you are focussing on a specific area.
4. Specimens – Choose the best specimen! If you have a bunch of flowers and you want to photograph one, make sure you choose one which is unblemished and has no petal discolouration.
5. Background – Think about your background when photographing picked flowers too. You might need a plain background for an elaborate flower, or choose something patterned yet complimentary for a more simple flower. Sometimes this is simply a question of taste and preference rather than a photography issue. Distressed wood works well for flower photography, as do different papers and fabrics!
6. Experiment – When photographing flowers don’t rule out a dead or dying flower, they can make the most amazing images!
7. Light – Always work in good natural light, it makes all the difference as it gives you a truer colour, and you don’t have to worry about using a flash!
8. Be creative – try ‘abstract’ and unusual shots – if they work they can be amazing, and if they don’t – at least you tried!
9. Practise, experiment and practise some more!
I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about flower photography, and would love to see some examples of your own work too! If you love photographing flowers too, then get in touch!