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Tamron Lens Choices And Tips On Capturing Flowers

Here, we run down the best lenses to use for flower photography and a few tips on using them effectively.

| Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 VC USD in Flowers and Plants

Tamron Lens Choices And Tips On Capturing Flowers: Flowers

Image by David Pritchard, using the Tamron 24-70mm lens. 

Spring flowers are out in full bloom now, so here are a few tips on lenses that will work well for flower photography and some tips on capturing better flower images with them. 

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD 

This lens is a classic when it comes to macro photography and will enable you to capture nicely blurred backgrounds, enabling the flowers in your shot to stand out. This lens will be ideal for capturing single blooms that are relatively small and abstract photos of parts of the flower such as petals or stamen. Remember to get down to the level of the flower to avoid the 'hovering above' look and try to choose a day when it's cloudy so that the lighting is a bit more diffused and you won't have as many shadows to contend with. A tripod might be handy so you don't have to squat down for too long. 

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 VC USD 

The 24-70mm lens will be better for capturing whole flower beds of colourful foliage, while still enabling you to capture a blurred background thanks to the f/2.8 aperture. This will be ideal for vast fields of flowers, such as lavender or oil seed rape, where you'll want a few specimens to be in focus whilst blurring the rest of the field. The focal range of this lens will give you more versatility in how much of the field you include in you shot, plus the shallow depth of field means it is also capable of capturing images of more singular, isolated flowers if you wish. 

Tamron SP AF 11-18mm f/4-5.6 Dill LD Aspherical

This ultra-wide zoom lens will create a warped perspective of the world when used close-up, allowing you to take some quirky images of single flowers. Like a fisheye lens, it will make the middle of the flower look larger than the petals, which will work better for some species of plants than others. It can also be used for capturing a different angle on flowerbeds, clusters of flowers or of course super-wide vistas that feature flowers. 


Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

This lens offers outstanding sharpness and although there is a closest focusing distance of 28cm, the lens still takes nice shots of flowers. Despite being an ultra wide lens, this optic produces nice bokeh at wide apertures allowing you to isolate your subject from the background easily. With the option to zoom in to 30mm, the lens is able to crop out certain parts of the scene that you might not want to include without you having to move. 

For more information on Tamron lenses and to read the reviews of the lenses mentioned above, take a look at the Totally Tamron reviews section


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