Article, by Peter Bargh, Updated March 2014.
Photo by David Clapp - www.davidclapp.co.uk
1. Have a look at a clump of daffodils and single out the most interesting heads that can be photographed without too much clutter.
2. In situations where there's no way you could shoot the daffodil without a distracting background, place a piece of card behind the head to remove all the clutter. If you do have a clutter-free dark background in your garden, such as a conifer, you may need to underexpose by one stop using the camera's exposure compensation feature to ensure detail is picked up in the flower's petals. You could also use manual mode if your camera has that option.
3. Try shooting upwards so you can position the head with blue sky behind it for dramatic contrast. Using a polariser will deepen the blue.
4. Don't just shoot the whole head, go really close and offset the stamen, placing it in on the left or right third intersection of the photo for a more pleasing balance. Your camera's macro function will help you get closer to the flowerhead or fit a macro lens if your camera uses interchangeable lenses.
5. If it's sunny consider shading the flower with your hand to reduce the contrast.The overall tone will be more even and longer shadows which can appear on the flower's head will be removed.
6. Spray the petals with water so that droplets appear making the petals look fresh and glowing. It'll also add another level of interest to your shot.
Take a reflector out with you, particularly on dull days, so you can bounce extra light into your shot without having to use your flash. You can make your own reflector from silver foil if you don't own one.
8. Take a cutting and place it on a different background for a more graphic result.
9. Don't throw out old flowers once they wilt. Wait until the head has gone crisp and photograph that against the sun to create backlit effects.
10. Play around with your shots to achieve various creative effects. This can be done in camera via Art Filters or during post production. Effects applied after you've taken your images could include:
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