Four water drops on top of a petal of a lily

Flowers – Shooting the best models ever

Mother Earth is covered by over 400,000 different species of flowers. Did you know that?
I didn’t, I looked it up. I love flowers and even more so I love to capture them with my camera.
I do prefer the living kind out in the nature, even cultivated in a garden, nursery or even in a greenhouse. And of course at times as a flower lover, I also like to surprise someone I care for
with freshly cut roses, tulips or such. The only facts I know about flowers and especially
about roses and tulips comes from the romance department: with tulips you declare
your love to someone; with roses you confirm your love! Well, I know, it’s not much
of a knowledge but it's good to know and might serve you well.

Roses, tulips, sunflowers and Co. – great colors, awesome images
Flowers are very cool “models” – for the most part at least. No matter where and how many of them you find – a single one, a bundle or even countless in a field – they always know how to shine. A favorite of mine and so many other photographers as well are the flowers in a wedding or any other great event with an amazing decoration. There are endless motives and countless combinations one can choose and capture. When taking photos, roses, tulips, sunflowers and so many others always reward you with the most beautiful colors and make your photos every time look great. In very rare occasions a photo of flowers will not be a great image.

I like to use my tele lens to shoot flowers in general, because I like to blur out the background to isolate the flower itself. But also a macro lens will give you some really awesome possibilities to end up with a beautiful photo. Especially when you are all about details or patterns. I also prefer when there is some action going on. Like water drops, spider webs or even a fly, a bee or a wasp on it. That’s mostly the reason why I prefer the living kind of flowers out in the nature.

When shooting flowers lighting is always key
Lighting is always important when shooting flowers. For me lighting is key. I always try to avoid flashing when flowers are in the picture as well. It makes the flowers look “flat”. While outside I mostly shoot free hand, inside I like to use a tripod and a long time exposure. I feel this makes the colors even more pop. To have sunlight shining through tulip leaves for example gives you a wonderful image. Speaking of tulips, a fellow photographer once mentioned to me to put some ink into the water when having fresh-cut white tulips in a vase. It will turn the leaves of the tulips bluish, a very cool effect when doing some detail shots of the leaves. Just an idea to play with.