Let the sunshine in: 10 ways to photograph flowers like a pro kmanenti March 14, 2012 Are you a budding photographer, thinking of getting outside and capturing the blossoming flora? Renowned photographer Sue Bishop shares 10 tips for getting the right light in flower photography… flower photography 1Type of dayTry to take flower photos on bright overcast days to avoid shadows spoiling the image. flower photography 2Bright sunlight = shadowsIn bright sunlight other flowers or blades of grass can cast shadows on your subject.Photo: Violet Phlox flower photography 3Beware high contrastBright sunlight can lead to high contrast giving dark shadows and bright highlights which can sometime be too much for the camera to record. From our partner flower photography 4Don't rely on front lightFront light - i.e. light coming directly over your shoulder as you take the photo - can give a very flat, unflattering dusty look. flower photography 5Angle yourselfFollowing on from the last tip... turn 90 degrees and the same flower is transformed into something three dimensional with petals that seem to glow. flower photography 6Tired tulipsAnother example of front lighting is this shot of tulips. It shows all their blemishes and imperfections and makes them look tired. flower photography 7Backlit tulipsThese same tulips are transformed when I change my position to face the sun and they are now back lit. They glow in the sunlight and look vibrant and refreshed. From our partner flower photography 8Choose simple shapes for backlightingBack lighting works better with some flowers than others. Flowers with simple shapes and strong colours such as crocuses and tulips can work well. flower photography 9Avoid sun spotsWhen using back light be careful to avoid 'flare', ie sun spots reflecting off your lens. Use a lens hood if you have one or a piece of card to shield the lens. flower photography 10You can still experiment... 1 / 10 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1Why Princess Anne is the only royal who doesn't shake hands with fans. 2The 'triple breast test' every woman needs to know about. 3Why does the intermittent fasting and the keto diet give you bad breath? We investigate. 4'I'm one of the millennial women who would rather stay home than go out. Here's why.' 5The royal rule that forced Princess Eugenie to delay the announcement of her engagement. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?