Capture the Colours: Tips for Better Macro Flower Photography

Flowers are something that I’ve always admired. They are the perfect subject to photograph. The colour, shapes, textures and its widespread accessibility make flower photography an interesting subject for any photographer looking to improve their macro skills.

No matter how many flowers I’ve photographed, they never cease to amaze me. It always seems to me that they just stand in place, holding their pose and waiting to be photographed.

Even though it might seem like something anybody can do, it is not an easy task. Flower photography involves a lot of technical knowledge and practice to create good images.

In this article, I will give you some tips that will help you improve your flower photography skills. Whether you’re a beginner or a long-term flower photographer, there’s something to learn for everyone.

Equipment

Choosing the right equipment is something really personal. At the end of the day, it’s about what works best for you. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help you make a wise choice.
Camera body, macro lenses, diffuser, reflector, tripod and shutter release are essential pieces of gear for this type of photography. But you should also take into account portability.
Long nature walks in carrying heavy equipment are not something I like to do, so I try to reduce my gear to the minimum.

macro flower photography of a yellow flower

Most of the time I carry just my camera with a 100mm macro lens, a small and lightweight tripod, an IR shutter release and a couple of sheets of white and wax paper. I use these as natural light reflectors and diffusers.
Whenever possible, I try to bring more gear with me but this essential kit has never failed me.

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