Springtime is for flower photography. But how do you stand out in the sea of flower pics? Here are three tips for something different.
Who doesn’t love flowers? Especially after a long winter it’s great to finally see some color in the garden again. And what does a lomographer do when something pretty pops up? Take a picture! Or two, or seventeen. No wonder we get a whole wave of gorgeous flower pics here on Lomography. Here are a few tips to stand out from the crowd:
1. Pinhole Flowers
April is of course pinhole month. Well, it’s only a day, really, but I’m declaring it a month. So why not combine your love of flowers with pinhole photography? It’s a perfect match! Flowers don’t run away during that seconds long exposure time. Plus, the infinite depth of field lets you take great close-up pictures without the need of any extra lenses or filters.
Make sure you bring a tripod, though, or find a sturdy tree branch, flowerpot or rock to place your camera on. Pinholes need long exposures (1-3 sec in sunshine, 3-6 in overcast weather, more at dusk or dawn), so camera shake is always a risk.
2. Black and White Flowers
Sure, the first thing that draws us to flowers is the color. But a cool flower picture doesn´t necessarily need to be in color. In back and white, you can focus on the shapes and textures of your subject, and you´ll notice that flowers are more than just a pretty color.
You may want to check out this excellent tipster on color filters for black and white film. Try out different filters and see what works best with your flowers (a green filter may be a good start).
3. Free your lens
Flowers are also an excellent subject to try out freelensing. The dreamy, slightly blurred effect of holding your lens loose in front of your camera works really well with flowers. Unscrew your lens, open up the aperture nice and wide, hold the lens in front of the body, tilt it slightly to change the focus, and snap away.
The bigger the distance between camera and lens, the closer you can get to your subject. Be sure to use a fast shutter time because a gap between camera and lens lets in lots of extra light.