Looking out into the garden and seeing the colourful flowers that have blossomed in the sun and listening to the summertime songs of the visiting birds, we can say, without question, that summer is finally upon us.
At this time of year, the focus in photography seems to be capturing the perfect garden shots, ranging from the more popular flower macros to the trickier wildlife images.
Using the Tamron AF 70-300mm Tele-macro lens (focusing on both the normal 70-300mm focal lengths and the180-300mm macro focal lengths) I will share some top tips on how to capture colourful flower macros and follow on with a piece on capturing captivating wildlife images next week.
Choosing your Subject
The first thing you need to decide upon is which flower or plant you want to photograph. Spend time choosing your subject by examining your choices carefully to find the most desirable specimen.
Play with Perspective
Once you have decided upon your chosen subject, take time to look at it from a different perspective. Think about the composition of the image and experiment with a number of angles as a way of changing the overall feel of the photograph.
Using natural sunlight within a flower macro often adds depth to the image by enhancing the texture of the flower or plant that you are photographing. Try experimenting with the manipulation of the natural light (for example, using it for backlighting), to achieve more abstract flower macros. Just bare in mind that more dramatic lighting can often take away from the natural beauty of the subject!
Depth of Field
Being one of the more important factors of macro photography, depth of field can either make or break a successful macro image. It is suggested to use the manual focus in order to isolate the part of the subject you wish to focus on.
Whilst taking flower macros, make sure the flash is off. The flash often creates unflattering shadows and glare that can take away from your subject, decreasing the detail found within the macro photograph.
Use a Tripod
Concentrating on photographing tiny details of a subject automatically makes it difficult to steady your hands. With the fact that you will be using manual focus, as well as the flash being off, it is important and necessary that a tripod is used. Not using a tripod will result in blurred photographs from even the slightest of movements, so take the time to set up and position yourself to achieve the best possible image!
Reduce Unwanted Movement
Wind can become your worst enemy when photographing flower macros. Although you have steadied yourself by using a tripod, the wind will always create unwanted movement. To lessen the likelihood of wind affecting your macro image, try photographing flower macros within a walled garden. If this isn’t possible, simply try experimenting with a faster shutter speed of about 1/500 second.
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