Exploring Flower PhotographyA PrimerFlowers are a popular subject for many photographers captivated by the sight of a wild flower meadow, a stunning garden or maybe a single rose from the florist.
As with many branches of photography there are alternative approaches to flower photography, from the pin sharp throughout more documentary style through to the more artistic approach where the subject may not even be identifiable. All photographers develop their own style and my approach falls into the more abstract representation category driven by an emotional response to the subject. If you are just starting out and want to try close up photography without great expense; you can buy a close-up filter. Extension tubes give the most magnification with shorter focal lengths and work well with short zooms. These solutions work well but once you get hooked on the detail revealed when working close up with flowers you will crave a macro lens.
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In particular I get attracted to small details selected from the bud, flower or seed head such as the edge of a petal or a contrasting area of colour. Although you may be limited in the type of images you can take, even a simple compact camera can give good results. These are basically a magnifying lens which screws onto your existing lens’s filter thread.
These are basically a spacer which moves your lens further away from the sensor so the projected image is larger.
Most tubes include connections so your camera’s exposure metering still works and prices start around ?145 for a set of three different lengths. Unfortunately the term ‘macro’ has been seized upon by the marketing men to mean the lens focuses ‘closer than normal’ (whatever that means). These prime lenses are specifically designed for close up work (although they still focus to infinity and make good portrait lenses).
The longer focal lengths are good for subjects where you cannot approach too closely such as dragonflies. A simple wired release is fine; I like to use a wireless release so you can watch the subject whilst waiting for a break in that pesky breeze! Some people take their own printed background to slip behind the subject; but I find that by carefully choosing your viewpoint you can often use other plants and flowers to good effect. However, if you want to get close enough to fill the frame with tiny flower details, you will need to focus closer than most lenses can achieve. They can be bought in different strengths from +1 to around +10 dioptre and start at about ?20 (although you can pay up to ?150 for a coated, two element lens).


A true macro lens is distinguished by the ability to create at least life sized image on your film or sensor at its closest focal distance.
Most of the time I work using Aperture Priority mode to control the depth of field and manual focus as auto focus is slow with macro lenses and may not snap onto the point you want.
Either use a tripod mounted camera with a long shutter speed or maybe hand hold the camera and move it as you take the shot for an abstract effect.
As you would expect the image quality can be poor and chromatic aberration is common but they are a good start point. Because the light entering the lens is spread over a larger area, less falls on the sensor so longer exposures are needed. There are a couple of features to look for in a tripod used for flower photography as well as the usual issues of weight versus stability. You can use the shallow depth of field as a creative tool by focussing on part of the flower such as the stamens or the edge of a petal and letting the rest blur into the background. Some translucent flowers and leaves look stunning when back lit revealing detail you wouldn’t otherwise see.



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