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Tips for Taking Flower Photos With Your Smartphone Tips for Taking Flower Photos With Your Smartphone
Then smartphone flower photography is the perfect combination for your camera roll. Here are top tips to help you take stunning pictures of flowers... Tips for Taking Flower Photos With Your Smartphone

Then smartphone flower photography is the perfect combination for your camera roll.

Here are top tips to help you take stunning pictures of flowers on your smartphone.

Try Shooting in Portrait Mode

Portrait mode is now available on most smartphones. It can give you more high-end, professional-looking results in some shooting situations.

This feature is great for taking pictures of people. But it can also give you refined, professional results with still life subjects because it works so well for close-ups.

Portrait mode will help you get shallow or soft depth-of-field. You can blur out any distractions in the background. Just as you would if you were shooting with a low f-stop number on a DSLR camera.

The aperture on most phones is fixed. But portrait mode is a form of computational photography. It artificially applies blur to the background to mimic the background blur of a DSLR.

Eliminate Distracting Backgrounds

Flowers are usually very colorful and intricately detailed. This is why it’s important to eliminate any distractions in the background. You don’t want anything to take the viewer’s attention from your subject–the flower itself.

Distractions can range from a fence to undesirable foliage. Use your judgment when deciding how your background should look.

To solve the issue of distractions issue, get very low to the ground. You can even try pointing your camera up and see how this approach works with your subject.

If your surroundings are too busy, you can place a piece of black or white foam core behind your flower for a neutral background. You can find these at most craft stores.

Shoot From a Low or Unexpected Angle

When flower images don’t work, it’s often because they were taken from high above. This is an angle that we typically view them at. This angle doesn’t flatter the flower well or highlight its best features.

It’s more unique and striking to see flower photography in a way we are not used to viewing botanicals. Also, shooting from the lower ground makes your subject look bigger than it is. It will fill more of the frame.

Shoot in Diffused Light

Direct light is all the rage right now when it comes to photography trends. When it comes to taking pictures of flowers, diffused light is your friend. Florals look best when the light is soft.

Bright, direct sunlight will create harsh shadows on your flowers. And it’ll cause parts of it to be overexposed.

Head out in nature or your local botanical garden on an overcast day. The clouds act like a big softbox, scattering the light evenly, with soft contrast.

Take Your Flower Photos Close Up

When photographers take pictures of flowers with their DSLR, they use a macro lens. When you use your smartphone, take images close-up for a similar effect.

When you get close, you can see the intricacies of the flower. Focusing on only part of the flower can actually have a big impact. Your image can look a little abstract and artistic, but your subject will still be recognizable.

Machiel Vlieland