Beautiful flower images can be greatly improved by the addition of a few drops of water. This is only one small and simple tip to help you get better flower images. The two images illustrated here have been captured with a Nikon D700 camera and Nikon’s 105mm f/2.8 Micro lens.
There are many ways to help you get that prize winning image of your beautiful flower. In the following points we suggest thirteen tips to help you get the best results.
- A macro lens can help you get much closer than a normal lens, also most Macro (Micro in Nikon terminology) lenses are much sharper close up compared to a normal lens.
- Close up supplementary lenses can be used in lieu of a macro lens as a cheaper solution.
- Extension tubes can also be considered for smaller flowers to enable closer focussing using a normal lens.
- Be aware of the background to ensure it enhances the main subject.
- Use a suitable aperture setting, to ensure the depth of field is satisfactory to isolate the main subject matter and to ensure that any background is sufficiently blurred. This helps to concentrate the main interest of the image on the main subject matter.
- The composition of subjects such as flowers can be made more appealing by not placing the main subject matter at the centre of the image, it is best to place the subject at around one third of the distance from either edge.
- Lighting can play a major part in flower images and generally subdued lighting is preferred with not too much contrast.
- Use a small reflector to help reduce any shadow on the main subject.
- Consider the usage of a fill in flash to give more uniform lighting to the subject.
- Use as low an ISO setting as possible to ensure the sharpest image quality.
- In general, any focal length lens can be used, however I prefer a focal length of 105mm. I use Nikon equipment and they also have the 40mm and 85mm DX lenses and the 60mm, 105mm and 200mm FX Micro lenses.
- A tripod and cable release will also help to give you a much sharper images.
- Lastly, add a few drops of water to the flowers.