Whether it is spring or summer blooming season, wildflowers by the mountain, or an annual flower show, we will have the opportunity to see beautiful flowers. How do we shoot flowers? Let’s take a look at these 15 flower shooting tips!


(1) Recommended Equipment

Lens Selection

You can use wide-angle, middle-range, or telephoto to shoot flowers, various lenses can shoot different effects, but if you have the following lenses and accessories, remember to bring them!

  • Telephoto lens: lenses such as 70-200mm, 100-400mm are used to eliminate cluttered backgrounds and facilitate composition;
  • Macro lens: Will be used when taking close-ups of flowers. The recommended focal length is 100mm;
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If you are shooting outdoors, a flash and a tripod are not necessary, you can also bring a reflector to supplement the light.

The telephoto lens can not only avoid the crowd, but also create a shallow depth of field.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/funch/5857588586} Lotte Grønkjær {/ link})

Camera selection

The camera doesn’t matter much. Even mobile phones or small digital cameras can take beautiful photos, but of course, a DSLR can give you better control.

Camera Settings Tips

(2) Take Good Control of your Depth of Field

We may enlarge the flowers when shooting. Please pay careful attention to your depth of field. If the depth of field is too shallow, a small part of the flowers will be clear and the rest will fall outside the depth of field, causing a blur effect. Remember that large aperture leads to a shallow depth of field, so if only the middle part of the flower is clear, please use a smaller aperture to shoot.

Be careful not to make the depth of field too shallow, otherwise many parts of the flower will fall into the bamboo range of shallow depth of field.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/stage88/4542974552} Sam Ilić {/ link})

(3) Beware of the Breeze!

Especially when shooting outdoors, we must be careful of the breeze that makes the flowers move, leading to blurred photos. Note: your shutter speed should not be too slow. If you can, use the shutter preemption or manual mode to ensure that the shutter is maintained at 1/100s- 1/250s. Please raise the ISO if necessary. If you are holding a telephoto lens, you must also pay attention to “safe shutter” to avoid hand-shake.

But you might try to slow down the shutter and let the flowers move slightly in the wind, and you will find that the photos taken will become very realistic!

(4) Be Careful of White and Yellow Flowers Affecting Metering

If you are using the semi-automatic mode such as aperture priority or shutter priority, please note that when you shoot white flowers, the camera’s metering may be misadjusted, leading to underexposure. At this time, you should correct it according to EV. You will need to +EV to compensate for underexposure.

Be careful that white flowers will cause the camera to misjudge and lead to underexposure. In this case, increase the exposure or + EV.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/dittmars/10324953386} Percita {/ link})

(5) Red Flowers

When shooting red flowers, be careful not to overexpose them. You may lose detail. Do not increase saturation too much.

(6) Customize White balance to Avoid Affecting Flower Color

When you shoot in the morning or afternoon the color of the light changes greatly, we can choose the white balance to correct the color of the flower. If you do not set the white balance yourself, the flowers shot at sunset may lose warmth.

(7) Use CPL Polarizer to Remove Reflection

When light is sufficient, the flowers may reflect, making the photo contrast inadequate. At this time, you can try to add a CPL polarizer to remove the reflection of the flowers to improve the contrast and saturation.

Choice of Light

(8) Make Good Use of Lighting and Avoid Noon Shooting

Light is very important for shooting flowers. It is best to have clouds in the day to form a natural softbox. During sunrise or sunset, the light is soft and it is easy to take beautiful photos of flowers. At noon the sun is overhead, we should avoid shooting during these times.

After sunrise and sunset, the flowers add dramatic effects to the dark. The backlight is when the camera is shooting towards the sun, and can clearly show the texture of flowers, leaves, and other textures.

Sidelights can take dramatic photos!  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/jasohill/5011221147} jasohill {/ link})

Sidelights can take dramatic photos!
Photo by jasohill

Backlit shooting can capture the texture and perspective of flowers, and it is especially beautiful when shooting under blue sky.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/craigoneal/2465651761} Craig ONeal {/ link})

Photoshoot Composition Tips

(9) Shooting at the Flower Level

Please lower your height when shooting flowers, and shoot at the level of the flowers. Sometimes you will stick to the ground and shoot upwards. It is like being placed in the flowers and shooting at a perspective.

(10) Shoot Close-ups of Flowers

Don’t just shoot the whole flower! Try using a macro or telephoto lens to shoot a small part of the flower, such as flower stamens, petals, or add in insects such as bees or butterflies, which will also have a bit of an effect.

Take a flower close-up (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/cuppini/2071051205} Riccardo Cuppini {/ link}

(11) Make Flowers Stand Out

It is best to find the most beautiful with the most characteristic flower, use a telephoto and a larger aperture to shoot, so the background will be blurred due to the shallow a depth-of-field, making the flower more prominent in the photo, avoiding the cluttered background.

Use shallow depth of field to highlight one of the flowers.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/cuellar/7236926874} Jose Maria Cuellar {/ link})

(12) Choose a High Contrast Background

Although we use a shallow depth-of-field to remove the cluttered background, we can also pay close attention to the background color and try to find a background that has a clear contrast with the flower (for example, a red flower on a colorful background) so that the flower can be more prominent!

(13) Use Multiple Composition Methods to Shoot Flowers

In addition to the golden section, fill composition, diagonal, S-shaped composition, we can also make good use of the “frame-block diagram” to shoot. The shooting method is very simple, first, find the target flower, then use the front stems and leaves to make a “frame,” shoot in the gap. This will not only bring a little mystery but also make the reader focus more on the Flowers.

Different flowers can use different composition methods, such as diagonal composition.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/ronnie44052/2488796034} Rona Proudfoot {/ link})

The golden section technique is simple and easy to use, and the effect is also very good.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/30594175@N05/3240399059} Jo Anthony Fortugaleza {/ link})

Use foreground flowers as a "frame."  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/silentmind8/14334871246} Silentmind8 {/ link})

Creative Photography

(14) Take Special Photos-Double Exposure

Use the “Double Exposure” function in the camera to take the same flower several times. It can be used to change the focus or shape. It can also bring out interesting photos.

"Double exposure" of pink and white flowers.  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/hmoong/14255220021} Khánh Hmoong {/ link})

(15) Abstract Affect

Use a telephoto or macro lens to focus on only a small part of the flower and fill the screen. With a suitable amount of light (such as sidelight or backlight), you can often take abstract photos, making your floral photo collection artistic!

Shooting a small part of a flower can take an abstract effect!  (Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/theo_reth/5860754780} Theophilos Papadopoulos {/ link})

Try shooting with shallow depth of field and large close-ups!  Photo by {link: https: //www.flickr.com/photos/gbta/14018368759} Anne {/ link}


Flower shooting is an easy-to-learn photography technique. With the above 15 tips, you can start to learn how to shoot beautiful flowers.


Author: Alex Tam