Tulip Photography Tips
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Photographing Tulips - Get outside and photograph tulips with the help of these few tips.
LensesTo get in close to a tulip pick up your macro lens or a telezoom lens. If you're heading off to photograph an entire field of bloom a wide angle lens such as 10-22mm or a 20-35mm would be good but if you don't have one take your telezoom along and stand further back just remember this will give the image a different perspective. This lens will also be more useful if the field doesn't have public access and you need to stand on a track or path out of the field which does.
LiveViewWorking at the same height of the tulips will give your images impact so LiveView would be useful as you'll be able to see what the viewfinder sees without actually having to use it.
Stay DryTake a waterproof sheet or even something as simple as a bin liner or a kneeling pad you use in the garden along. If you don't, you'll soon regret it when your knees are damp and dirty.
TripodWhen the wind's blowing a tripod will help reduce camera shake but you'll need to splay the legs and, if possible, adjust the centre column to get closer to the ground. The models available in Vanguard's Alta Pro range feature a Multi-Angle Central Column (MACC) System which allows users to move the central column from zero to 180-degree angles in variable vertical and horizontal positions making macro-photography a breeze.
Watch The WindEven if you talk to the wind nicely, as I tried when I was out in my garden taking photographs, it won't stop blowing on demand so unless you want a blurry shot of tulips dancing in the wind, you just have to sit back and wait patiently. If you're not the patient type invest in a Wimberley Plamp or to save some cash, try using small pieces of wire to hold the tulip still. If you choose this option don't forget to take the wire home with you and frame your shot so you don't have any pieces of wire poking through. You could try getting out of bed a little earlier too as there's usually less wind, you'll sometimes find dew drops which will add interest to the shot and the light's better.
Shadows And LightIf you're not a morning person and are out taking photographs during the middle of the day watch out for deep shadows. You should try using a piece of white card as a reflector to direct the light.
Investing in a polarising filter means you'll have something to help reduce glare and as an added bonus, enhance the colours of the tulips too. Try using the sun to back light the flower. You'll see detail and texture you may not have picked up but do keep an eye on exposure as the camera may try to underexpose the shot.
Close, Low And WideThere's plenty of different techniques you can try to give your images a different look or feel. Get down close and really focus on one tulip, using a large aperture to really throw the background out of focus or if you have a mass expanse of flowers, use a small aperture and a slower shutter speed to capture the entire field. You could even use your telephoto lens to pin point one flower in the mass of colour and focus your attention on that. Try starting with a wider shot then slowly change your focal length until you're focusing on the detail and colours which attracted you to the flowers in the first place.
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