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How To Photograph Dandelions Creatively

Dandelions might not be something Gardners are fans of but they can make an interesting subject for photographers who can give them a creative twist when photographing them.

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Before you dig up the humble dandelion, have you ever thought about photographing it? If you haven't, here's a straightforward guide on how you can capture a rather fun and creative image of one without too much effort on your part. You can also create your own backdrops and swap them in and out for an extra level of creativity, too. 

All the photos show above are of the same dandelion taken from the same standing position with the stalk held at arm's length. The starting point was facing down with a green grass background and I then raised my arm towards the sky and took pictures at several positions on its journey.

The Set-Up 

  1. Pick a dandelion that has a full seed head.
  2. Hold it at arm's 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.


Experiment With Backgrounds

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
  • Silhouetted against the sun


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10 May 2016 11:47PM
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