Through the Lens: Flowers
by Gabby Salazar
|Wild orchids, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
|Credit: Gabby Salazar
Flowers are one of the most commonly photographed subjects because of their bright colors and remarkable shapes. You can find flowers everywhere — in your backyard, in front of your school, or growing wild at a National Wildlife Refuge near you. It is a challenge to make a unique picture of a flower. When I first look at a flower I am tempted to get close and make a simple picture of the bud. Instead, I push myself to see the flower in new ways and you can too using the following tips:
Gabby Salazar is founder and editor of the online magazine Nature's
Best Photography Students, where young people may submit photos for
contests and online publication, blog with each other about nature photography
and view student photo galleries.
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Focus on the Eyes
- When you find a group of flowers, look at each blossom to find one that is particularly perfect or has a resident such as a small crab spider or a group of aphids. These extra details can transform an ordinary flower photograph into a special glimpse of the natural world.
- Be creative and explore different angles and compositions instead of taking a picture of one centered flower. Include multiple flowers in your shot or get in close to focus on parts of the flower such as the petals or leaves.
- Wake up early to find dew or frost covering flowers. Dew can create beautiful reflections.