Quick guide: Shooting Flowers

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.