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How To Take Creative Shots Of Dandelions

How To Take Creative Shots Of Dandelions - Learn how to photograph a dandelion seed head creatively.

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dandelion head with grass as a backgroundHere's a really quick and simple approach to photographing a dandelion.

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All you need is a camera fitted with any lens that has a close up feature capable of filling the frame with a dandelion head. If you're heading away from your own garden you'll also need something to carry your kit in and as you can keep your kit selection to a minimum, a small shoulder or holster style bag would be about the right size. 

The Set-Up 

1. Pick a dandelion that has a full seed head.

2. Hold it at arms length in your non-camera hand with it positioned in front of grass (you can use a tripod as this will free both hands, making adjustments easier).

3. With your camera manually set to close focus and held to your eye,  move the dandelion closer to the camera until it fills the frame and is in focus, then take a photo.

4. Adjust the exposure if the dandelion is too bright or too dark. If your camera is automatic take the photo when it's focused.

Experiement With Backgrouds

You can repeat the process but positioning the dandelion against different backgrounds. Each shot will look different and no doubt one will be preferred

Here are just a few of the backgrounds you could use:
  • Trees
  • Blue sky
  • Cloudy sky
  • Coloured paper
  • Textured walls
  • Carpets
  • Directly in front of the sun but please be careful and do not look at the sun directly through the viewfinder. It's safer to use the LCD screen if your camera has live view.
All seven photos show below are of the same dandelion taken from the same standing position with the stalk held at arms length. The starting point was facing down with a green grass background (above) and I then raised my arm towards the sky and took pictures at several positions on its journey.

Dandelions

 

 

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