Macro flower photography is something that pretty much everyone can have a go at, in a variety of different locations.
Do I need any special equipment?
All you need to have a go at macro photography is a camera which features a macro mode. Ideally, if you're using an MFT camera such as one of the OM-D or PEN series, then a dedicated macro lens such as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro
will be ideal for enabling you to get up close and capture the details of the flowers whilst maintaining a blurry background to keep the focus firmly on the flower.
What should I consider when taking a macro photo?
Whether you decide to shoot indoors or outdoors, there are always a few key things to consider:
If the background of the shot is cluttered, even if you blur it by using a wide aperture, it can distract from the overall effect of the photo. Try to keep backgrounds plain and simple. This might mean using a piece of card or fabric (in a neutral light or dark shade depending on the flower and the effect you're going for) to make the backdrop uniform. Backgrounds where there are lots of the same flower or fields can also work well if you're working outdoors and a backdrop isn't an option. When working indoors, a neutral coloured wall can work well. Draw the blinds if shadows are an issue to diffuse the light.
Single flower or cluster? -
If there are lots of flowers top photograph if can be tempting to try and fit all of them into one shot. But consider the composition, and think carefully about where you want the centre of focus to be. It might mean isolation of a single flower is necessary to make the shot more pleasing to the eye. When working indoors with cut flowers, it is a lot easier to change composition and place single shoots in separate, small vases, for more arty images.
Choose an interesting angle -
Shooting the flower head on looking down on the flower isn't always the best way - depending on the type of flower, a more sideways composition or an abstract perspective could work well. The best tips is to experiment! When working outdoors, it's important to get right down to the level of the flower for more engaging shots. Looking up from underneath the flower can also work well, or when working indoors, laying a cut flower down on a plain surface can add a different element to the photo.
Use a tripod -
Whether working indoors or outdoors, a tripod can help. Indoors, a smaller, table top tripod can be useful to help you compose the shot, leaving the camera on the tripod while you arrange the flowers. Oudoors, tripods can save you from getting dirty in the soil - tilt screens on the OM-D range enable you to see your image in live view from even the most awkward angles without having to bend down for long periods of time.
To find out more about Olympus OM-D cameras, take a look at the Olympus website