It’s been two years since I signed up for an online photography course with Emily Quinton. Arranging flowers is one thing – but getting the perfect image is quite another! This week I’m handing over my blog to photographer Nikki Price. Nikki has kindly agreed to share her top tips on improving your flower photography. I’m planning to refresh my skills – so I can take better photos of the lovely arrangements that are made at my classes.
Over to you Nikki …
I was delighted to be contacted by Julie to collaborate on her blog. Julie lives up to her name of being The Florist – That Teaches, providing online tips for you to do exactly the same in the comfort of your own home, or face to face in workshops.
Take better photos of your flowers
It felt very natural for me to write this blog as a way of sharing my top tips to enable you to take better photos of your floral creations at home. Of course, you could take all sorts of flowery photographs - out in landscape with wild flowers, on your work bench, in your garden shed, at your local flower market and so on – I’ll have to come back and share some more tips with you another time …
Point and shoot
Although the photos you see here have been taken using a Canon 6D, the following will give you some pointers for 'point and shoot' cameras, or using a smart phone, both of which can work just as well, particularly if you are uploading small versions of your photos onto social media.
Taking it step by step
- Position your flowers next to a large window. This will help maximise natural light which is better than using the orange tinge of household lights (there is always the option to shoot outside).
- If you have a macro/flower symbol setting on your camera, use it! It will let you bring out the finer details of those gorgeous blooms.
- Don't forget to 'set the scene' if you want to show how you work on your flowers through your photos, pop some scissors, flower foam, ribbon and so on, onto a wooden block (a kitchen chopping board will do just fine if you have one). Everyone loves a story.
- Keep your background to your photos simple. After all you want to highlight how beautiful your floral creations are. White (or black) card can work and help with bouncing the light into those harsh shadows.
- Take your photos using interesting angles. The rule of thirds can be helpful, however, be creative and use a variety of angles in your shots to show off those blooms.
- Using your macro setting on your camera, shoot 'through' a bouquet to focus on one particular flower that takes your interest. Or, take one flower out of the bunch and make it the star of your show!
- A little post production may help bring out the best in your photos, so if you have photoshop, or other editing software, don't be afraid to use it. Photoshop express on the i-phone is fab.
I hope you’ll find these tips useful – if you have any questions and queries I’d love to hear from you. You’re welcome to contact me via my website.
Using your smartphone
If you’re using your smartphone to photograph your flowers don’t forget to check out this blog post by Sarah Stephens Photography.
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Until next time, happy flowers!
If your flower arranging skills need a bit of a boost, perhaps you’d like to find out more about my 4-week online flower arranging class - click through to my post on Frequently Asked Questions.
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