Pictures That Tell More Than a Thousand Words


 That’s the old saying, isn’t it? A picture says a thousand words. Well, ostensibly. Here’s the thing: today we have digital photography and cameras that can capture moments in time so minuscule they’re hardly measurable. We also have digital manipulation options.

In modernity, a picture may be worth ten thousand words, or even a million! Electron microscopy produces entire thesis papers based on singular images. Here’s what to remember: the way life works are, you get out what you put in.

If you want to have remarkable photos that draw the eye and are excellent conversation pieces, you want to plan things out in advance. This is especially true for flowers. The subject at hand is one worth multiple textbooks, here we’ll just focus on four tips to help you take the best photos of flowers you can.

1. Assure the Flowers Are Healthy
 

Unless you’re trying to show rot, sadness, or something like that, it’s always best to go with fresh flowers. This can mean a few things. Perhaps you just purchased a bouquet of cut flowers. Well, there’s no better time to get as many pictures as you can; especially if the bouquet perfectly complements the rest of the room.

If you’re not photographing cut flowers, you want to know when the subjects you’re looking to capture on celluloid are looking their best. This can involve learning about seasonal factors influencing floral bloom. Get the flowers too young, and it’s like biting into a green apple. Get them when they’re too old, and it’s like biting a mushy apple. You want that visual “crunch”.

2. Proper Lighting: Golden Hour for Naturally Growing Flora
 

Golden hour happens just before evening and just before dawn. It’s that “gloaming” time when the sun is at an angle, and everything looks magical. For natural flora and fauna, you want to be ready at this time of day; either in the morning or evening. If you’re capturing images of flowers indoors, to a degree you can synthetically recreate “golden hour”.

Lighting in general can do much to help you most effectively capture the beauty of a flower, and under certain lighting arrangements, you might be able to make older flowers look more “fresh”. Ideally, though, you carefully manage lighting around flowers that are in fullest bloom from the start.
 

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3. Take Lots of Pictures from Lots of Angles, and Have Fun
 

There’s a thing in film and photography called “coverage”. Now, before celluloid film became digital, this was a lot more expensive. These days, you can take as many pictures as you can fit on your camera’s hard drive. From there, you upload them to your computer, erase the hard drive, and take more pictures until you get the one that works.

When you’ve got a thousand photos, you can narrow your pictures down to only the best of the best, and delete the rest. With celluloid, this process was a lot longer and a lot more expensive.

Though even so, it’s worth noting that physically developing photos gives you the ability to manipulate final images in a number of ways, and accordingly this is a photography discipline worth learning. The majority of modern photographers heavily lean on digital options, after all.

4. Use Equipment That’s in Good Shape and Flexible
 

When you’ve got the right tools for the job, it’s a lot easier to produce a more qualitative final product. Be sure you’ve got tripods, cameras, camera batteries, data cards, lighting options, and protective measures in place. Be sure your lenses are clean and in good working order. Finally, be sure your camera can do what it needs to as regards zooming in or out.
 

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Images as Artful as Their Floral Subject Matter
 

Get good equipment that’s in good shape so you can zoom in or out as a given bouquet recommends by design and general appearance. Take as many pictures as you’re able to within reason to get the best coverage.

Be cognizant of lighting, and try to get the best you can naturally through the golden hour—simulate that indoors. Lastly, use healthy flowers. Follow these four tips, and you’ll capture some astonishing floral images.

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