macro flower photographyIf you’ve only started your hand in macro photography, you will discover that you have a lot of options at hand because of the wide range of subjects available.

However, if you do want to focus on the different flora that is available in your very own backyard as well as neighborhood, then by all means, start there. After all, macro photography on flowers is a very good place to start.

Contrary to what most people believe about flower photography, these beautiful blossoms are best photographed with diffused lighting. You may want to include different soft boxes or maybe white umbrellas that are able to simulate an overcast sky.

Some of the best wildflower shots that have been photographed were taken during the middle of the day during the time that the sun is most intense. However, it is important that the pictures were taken were also diffused in turn. It is not entirely bad to photograph flora in direct sunlight. It’s not really that horrible-looking.

However, if you do have to shoot flowers in direct sunlight, you might want to simply lean over the flowers in order to block the light and thus create some sort of a shadow. You’ll find out that the contrast is much less and the colors will become very beautiful compared to the direct and harsh lighting of the noonday sun.

In essence you will be able to create a makeshift shade using your body using this simple technique. Doing this will be able to soften the light hitting the flowers, thus making them readily available

One of the most important things to remember whenever photographing flowers at a macro range is that you should always take notice of the contrast that it has every time light hits it. You might want to take out the dark shadows that will come out once you photograph a specimen under harsh lighting.

Of course, the shadows will still be present in a flower photographed in the shade but the point is that they will be softened and that they will add dimension to the whole picture.

That is one of the most important things to remember whenever you are photographing flowers in macro mode. Always try to soften the light that hits the flowers and always be sure to watch the highlights and contrasts of the subject when light hits it.

Other than that, if you have excellent composition, you’re well on your way to obtaining a very good photograph.