Written by Nathan Wertheimer
The next Photo Tip Series I will be writing about is photographing plants and flowers. This subject matter anyone can do around your home, city, parks, and gardens. Sometimes the best time to photograph this subject matter is when there are plants sales in your local area in the spring time.
One needs to plan their day when photographing plants and flowers. First, charge your camera batteries, clean your photo lenses, and pick a nice day. Professional quality photos are taken during the daytime on a nice weather day. Too hot and the plants and flowers look bad.
Here is a list of Central Florida events that have foliage being sold such as Leu Gardens Annual Plants Sale, Spring Fever in the Garden, Apopka Art & Foliage Fest, and much more. If you can’t make it to one of these events then try going to one of many botanical gardens in the Metro Orlando area.
Some photographers might be wondering what are the best photography lenses to use on this subject matter? The answer is that there are many factors that to what one is when out in the field. Are you going to photograph a plant at a close range and or at a distance? It does not matter what type of lenses one owns at the moment. One can use what you own. Most professionals use a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, 12-24mm f4 lens, or 24-70mm f2.8 lens. Some other recommended supplies a photographer may want are kneepads or kneeling soft foam board. One may need to get down and dirty for close-up of the plants and flowers. Plus, there are some photographers who like to photograph hand-held or by way of a tripod. Additional photo equipment may use is a Speedlight with a TTL cable for lighting issues.
Preplan your day according when photographing plants and flowers. Then decide what location. You may want to find the best foliage available. The best time of the day to photograph foliage is in the morning. Photographing in the late afternoon and evening is not the best because the heat and sunlight takes a toll on plants and flowers. Stay away from the heat of the summer. This is not the best time to photography plants and flowers.
When one is on location, look at the way the plant and or flower is lit before photographing it. If half of your subject is in sunlight hitting it than you may want to find another plant or flower to photograph. Just keep this in mind. There should be even lighting throughout your subject matter unless you’re looking for dramatic lighting.
Next, if there is a bunch of plants and flowers pick out just one to photograph. Trying to photograph all of them is most common thing people do. The focus should be on the middle of the flower. Depending on how close one photos will determined the f-stop.
After a day in the field then comes the postproduction and color correcting of the photos. Depending on the software you are using make sure they look the best. After color correcting your photos post them on your social media accounts for all to see. Just make sure you tag them and give a great headline for the photo slideshow.
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Source of information: First hand experience