I’ve seen flowers bring sighs of contentment, smiles from loved ones, and poems from artists. Works of art in themselves, even the humblest of these living treasures make natural subjects for the camera.

Because flower photography in many ways resembles other forms of still life, there are a few fairly simple rules to follow to make these shots stand out.

1) Use a fairly shallow depth of field. Usually f/5.6 is good on a standard lens while f/16 might be better on a macro lens. Just be aware that if the dof is too shallow, some interesting parts of the flower itself might be out of focus. This is especially true in macro photography. Ultimately, the photographer is the judge.

2) Whenever possible, shoot RAW. It solves the problems of unpredictable white balance requirements and makes sure that there is no compression loss.

3) When composing, try to eliminate distractions. A shallow dof will help here. Also remember to zoom in or out to help the subject dominate the image and avoid objects that are inherently distracting, such as objects that are brighter than the subject.

Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/100

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.

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