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 FROM OUR NETWORK JOIN THE CONVERSATION What's Popular 1"The day a grown woman filled three toddler nappies." The parenting story you must read. 2Kyle Sandilands criticises Grant Denyer's Gold Logie nomination live on radio. 3Blue Ivy is every kid embarrassed by their parents. 4Lisa Marie Presley claims her $135million trust was whittled away by an ex-manager. 5What is the difference between nightmares and night terrors? How to know and what to do. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?