If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed my new obsession with flower photography… I am loving it.
I was lucky enough to go on a fab photography course at the beginning of May in London, which has really has renewed my love of getting behind the camera (as apposed to the iPhone) for my content creation. I loved geeking out over all things aperture and shutter speed…
The course gave me some great pointers that I am now using all the time and I’ve included my three top tips below.
Rule number 1: for lovely flower shots: switch off autofocus and turn down your aperture settings to really make the most of those blurry backgrounds. Use low apertures at really close range to maximise detail. You’re really after that depth of field.
On the day we were based in Shoreditch and spent an afternoon photographing flowers in the local park. The Allium above is one of my favourites from the day…I 💜purple.
Rule number 2: use the lowest ISO setting possible for your surroundings, ideally 100 or 200, depending on your light. But again stay away from auto to really make the most of your camera.
What is really great is that I am being asked to take photos as part of my social media manager role more regularly. This year Wedgwood (for whom I Social Media Manage) are partnering with the RHS. Which means lots of floral photography opportunities pour moi. Happy times.
The shot above was taken at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show – I just love the pink in the foreground as the focal point but the various rainbow of colours out of focus in the background.
I have also discovered a new love for tulips. I did not realise just how many variations there are, how different they look and how beautifully they photograph.
My 3rd and final rule for flower photography is: watch the weather, the best light is ultimately going to deliver you those stunning images. The above shots from Chelsea were taken inside but when we were out and about in Shoreditch it was bright but overcast in places, which made for ideal conditions.
Hope this is helpful if you enjoy all the beautiful blooms at this time of year as much as I do.
Expect much more floral photography from me in the near future as this week I’ll be at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show with Wedgwood and I now have the flower photography bug. ✌️