Outdoor flower photography is popular, and when you take a step back and think for a while, it is easy to see why. Whilst it is easy to get good photos of outdoor flowers capturing great photos of outdoor flowers is more of a challenge. That said, there are some outdoor flower photography tips and tricks that will improve your outdoor flower photos, as follows:-
1. Outdoor flower photography tips – Don’t use a macro lens
"May seem strange but the 16 - 35 lens is better than a macro lens"
First on the list of flower photography tips is don’t use a macro lens. Yes, you read that right – Don’t use a macro lens for outdoor flower photography. Macro lenses are too sharp and capture too much detail, and since outdoor flowers typically have blemishes, brown spots etc. these will be clearly visible on the photos. The only time I would use a macro lens (my Canon 100mm f2l8L IS) for outdoor flower photography is if I found a perfect flower, and in reality this seldom happens.
If I don’t use a macro lens for outdoor flower photography, what lens do I use? The lens I usually use for outdoor flower photography is the cheap and cheerful Canon 50mm f1.8. This lens is Canon’s budget lens, and whilst the build quality may be a little suspect, i.e. it is cheap and feels more like a child’s toy, the image quality is superb. The Canon 50mm f1.8 is a little soft however this compliments the subject and results in some stunning outdoor flower photos.
There are times when I want sharper photo of outdoor flowers, although I have to admit this is not very often, and in these instances I use the Canon 16 – 35 f4L IS lens. This lens is tough, durable, well made and has excellent image quality. This lens has image stabilization which is a waste for outdoor flower photography because I don’t use it when I take photos of flowers.
2. Outdoor flower photography tips – Use a burst of artificial light
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