Get creative with flower photography

Pink rose on white background

During these days in which we cannot travel or even go out to take photos, I was thinking of how we could take photos when we are at home. Now that spring is arriving here in Italy I would have loved to go out and take photos of the flowers that are blooming.
Unfortunately, that is not possible now, but maybe you have some flowers on your balcony or in your garden. Super markets are also selling flowers. These make a great subject and of course brighten up you house.

Flowers are patient subjects, so you can experiment as many compositions as you want. The biggest problem you will probably encounter is your background. Remember that almost every photo has a background and it should not be distracting from your subject. If possible, make it complementary to your subject. You could play with colours, it is limited only by your imagination.

Play with aperture

Do you want everything in focus or just one flower, or even just part of a flower. Open the aperture (low f/number) makes that the background is all blurred.
This photo was taken at f/4, so at an aperture most lenses will have. Here the tulips in the background are blurred, because I focused on the tulip in the foreground. This single tulip was in a different vase from the others, so I could keep them further back. This helps to blur them more. As you can see this creates depth in the photo.

Red tulips on white background
Just one tulip in focus

Rule of odds

In this photo I applied the rule of odds. I used three tulips in a single vase and I liked that the three form like a diagonal from the lower right to the upper left. The stems of the flowers however go in the opposite direction, creating some movement. I focused on the lower tulip that is still closed. The other two show what the flower will look like once it opens, but since those are out of focus, it’s still a bit of a surprise what that might look like.

Three red and yellow tulips
Three tulips

Single flower

Another experiment was with a pink rose. I laid it down on a white chair and took a photo at the lowest aperture possible. I love the result. Only the part of the rose closest to the camera is in focus, and now the pattern of the petals comes out beautifully.

Pink rose on white background
Just a single rose

Macro photography

This photo of a white rose was taken with an extension tube. In this way I could get very close to the flower and fill the whole frame. The absence of colour gives it a sense of peace and calm. Extension tubes are a cheap way to start with macro photography. You can read more about this here.

white rose close up
Close up of a white rose

The last photo I want to share today is this photo of a bunch of tulips. I love the contrast of the white and pink tulips with the black background. The black background is simply our television. Here I used a higher aperture because I want the whole bunch of flowers and leaves sharp.

Bunch of tulips on black background
White-pink tulips on a black background

So as you have seen, even when you can’t go out to photograph the beautiful landscapes that spring brings, we can still photograph flowers indoors. I hope to have inspired you and that your passion for photography finds its way to express itself. I wish everyone to stay safe and healthy, take care!

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