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I bet you think there’s only so many ways to photograph a flower.
Mel Champion is a CLG grad who will disagree wholeheartedly! The moment she tried macro flower photography, she was addicted.
The diverse range of tones, textures and form across an endless species of flora, combined with varied perspectives and compositions, ensure there are a more than enough ways to produce a beautifully creative and unique image.
All you need is a macro lens or tube, a little guidance and inspiration… but be warned… you too might become addicted!
First up, a quick word on macro gear. It doesn’t matter what style or genre of macro you want to shoot, all macro lenses are the same in that regard. What’s more, you don’t even need a dedicated macro lens.
So if you love macro and really want to give it a try, but you don’t already have the gear, download our free gear guide. You can get started for as little as $20!
We see repetition in the natural design of flowers commonly, but sometimes it’s particularly eye catching. In this instance, take a wide shot to really showcase that pattern.
Then get in close to highlight that detail. These two shots would make astunning wall display when printed as a diptych storyboard or even just hung side by side.
Think beyond the overall beauty of the flower and get in close on the details. It might be an interesting line, a gorgeous texture, beautiful colour or combination of colours.
We know that macro photography reduces your depth of field, so it makes sense that the closer you frame, the shallower your depth of field will become.
For that reason, most macro photographers would start with around f/11 for a shot like this.
But… Mel is a rebel and she likes to shoot wide open to really isolate details. So don’t restrict yourself by “rules”! Experiment at both ends and decide what you like best, or mix it up and let your subject and the resulting look you want to achieve be your guide.
Some flowers lend themselves perfectly to a centered composition, due to their natural symmetry.
Related: When to Break the Rule of Thirds
When we see an interruption in a pattern, our eye is immediately drawn to that point. If you see this in a flower, use it and highlight it.
Interruption to pattern can come in the form of a bent petal such as in the image below, a missing element, the first hint of aging in a portion of a flower…
Mel will actually buy blooms, photograph them, then wait for them to start dying so she can have another go!
When blooms are dying, their texture, colour and form intensifies, making them an even more stunning subject to capture.
Frame close and focus on the most wilted portion of these withering beauties!
Why limit yourself to flowers? Anything in the garden can make a stunning image, including weeds, dandelions, wattle, and grasses.
When shooting in the garden, try standing up and shooting straight down… the earth, tan bark, gravel, grass all make a beautiful backdrop when combined with the compression that macro photography gives you.
I’m so excited to share our popular Macro Flower Photography Workshop is on again!
Join us as CLG workshop mentor Mel takes you behind the scenes to show you all her secrets to create breathtaking and artistic macro flower photos.
Our last round sold out in 2 days and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive! So if you’re interested in improving your macro photography skills (or simply joining in the fun for 4 weeks of hands-on challenges and inspiration) jump on the wait list so you don’t miss out!