Whether in spring or winter, summer or autumn, indoor or outdoor, flowers make a nice subject to shoot with all their colors, vibrance and beauty. Flowers are over photographed so be careful not to shoot clichés.
- Exposure mode: Aperture Priority
- Focus Mode: Manual
- Shutter speed: Set by camera
- Aperture: f/4 to f/8 depending on your background and the depth of field
- ISO: 100-200 to keep noise at minimum
- Lens: 50-105mm macro
- Drive mode: Single shot
- White Balance: Cloudy if outdoor or set by light source if indoors
Consider those additional tips:
- Use a tripod to avoid camera shakes. If handheld, then you need to increase the ISO to reach a shutter speed of at least 1/250 sec.
- Use a reflector to bounce light into shadowy areas.
- To assist you with Manual Focusing, use your Live View and zoom all the way to your point of focus. Adjust the focus ring at this zoom level.
- Use simple compositions and look for colors and textures in the background.
- Use a macro lens to capture smaller details.
- f/8 to keep the subject sharp or f/4 to blur the background.
- Choose an overcast day to get a diffused light.
- Avoid windy days. It becomes harder to keep the flower sharp.
- In post-processing, increase clarity and sharpness of your subject or make use of Photoshop layers to sharpen the point of interest only.