4 Tips for Flower Photography

Spring is the time of year flowers and fruit tree blossoms all over the country start to bloom. To get the most out of  your flower photographs here are 4 Tips for Flower Photography. 1) Get low! No I'm not talking about Lil John I'm talking about getting low to the ground. Most people look at flowers from above. To make a compelling photograph that most people don't get to see try getting low.

2) Use a tripod. Tripods are useful for any form of photography, but when you need to get low and line up your composition it makes it that much easier. I use my live view option on my camera, line up my shot and click away. Lying on the ground trying to hold my camera still, making sure all the important elements are in the frame without a tripod can be a bit difficult and unstable.

3) Get a diffuser. I have a Lastolite Trigrip shoot through diffuser. Many of us are out in the direct sunlight with all those harsh shadows. This diffuser will take that harsh sunlight and turn it into a beautiful soft  light. This just doesn't work on flowers, it works on everything from products to portraits. Why not use the sun and turn that light into a soft-box quality light.

4) Use Back lighting. Ever look at flower photographs where you can see through the petals and see a silhouette of the Stamen, Anther, and the Pistil? This is done using back lighting.  Shoot into the sun and you will achieve this effect which adds a bit more depth and interest to the photograph.

There are many more tips out there but these are some that I use most often. Tis the season for flower photography so Google a spot to visit in your local area and get out and make photographs. Lets make sure that we respect the parks and places we visit. Watch your step and respect the the flowers that we all love to photograph. For a bit more information about wildflowers check out my post for Carrizo Plain National Monument.


This photograph was taken in spring in my home garden.


Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument is located 100 miles north of L.A. and just west of Bakersfield CA. Click here to view a map and get driving directions. The goal for this trip was to capture some of the spring California wildflowers. When looking up places to visit I found Carrizo Plain National Monument. The wildflower season this year is off to a slow start. We have had a bunch of rain but also cooler weather. The sun came out and warmed up for a few days so I thought maybe the flowers would start to blossom. Well yes and no. Carrizo Plain National Monument and the outlying foothills where covered with Yellow Coreopsis but the golden poppies have yet to bloom. According to Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve website it doesn't look to be a good poppy year. In any event my goal for the day was to go find some flowers and find flowers I did. While traveling on HWY 166 east, I found the outlying foothills were covered with yellow flowers. It's a sight to see! Upon arrival at Carrizo National Monument you can tell the flowers had yet to fully bloom. Half way through the monument there was a turnout with a field of the Yellow Coreopsis in full bloom and that's this weeks post picture. It was a little windy, but it was also sunny enough to allow for a fast shutter speed to help freeze the action of the blowing flowers.

Carrizo Plain National Monument is a good place to camp, hike, and enjoy the wildflowers. I recommend a wide angle lens for the vast landscape but also bring a telephoto for the different species of birds and animals. Although I didn't see any Prong Horn Antelope I did see several antelope crossing signs so I assume there must be antelope running about. I didn't use my tripod on this trip but I would bring it if you are staying for sunset. Also check out Soada Lake. It's full of water but from what I am told, during the summer months it's similar to Badwater of Death Valley.

Take a look at Carrizo Plain National Monument for a good view of the California wildflowers and California wildlife. The drive to the monument is beautiful as well so be prepared to slam on the brakes, pull over and snap a few shots.

Carrizo National Monument spring flower bloom. This photo was taken early April.