Spring into ac­tion

Use Siân Lewis’ easy tweaks to take won­der­ful shots of the del­i­cate, sculp­tural spring flow­ers pop­ping up in your lo­cal parks and gar­dens

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Six bloom­ing lovely tips for tak­ing pho­to­graphs of cheery spring flow­ers

Spring has sprung, and there are bright and beau­ti­ful blooms pop­ping up every­where. We’re here to prove that you don’t need an ex­pen­sive macro lens to get great shots of wild flow­ers in all their colourful glory, es­pe­cially if you don’t mind get­ting a bit muddy! Our six steps to bet­ter bloom shots and ideas for flo­ral im­ages will def­i­nitely spring-clean your pho­tog­ra­phy.

If you’re lucky enough to have a well-looked-af­ter gar­den then you won’t have to ven­ture far to find a flower to prac­tise on. Other­wise, stately homes, parks and pub­lic gar­dens will be burst­ing with colour around now. We headed to the Ro­coco Gar­dens in the Cotswolds to shoot their snow­drops and daf­fodils, and to show you how to brush up your skills ready for the blue­bells and pop­pies that will turn up later in the year.

The ear­lier you can ar­rive at your lo­ca­tion, the bet­ter, as sun­rise will add a soft warm light to your im­ages,

Don’t panic if the sky is look­ing over­cast – cloudy days are ac­tu­ally bet­ter for shoot­ing wild flow­ers as bright sun­light can lead to harsh shad­ows and ex­po­sure prob­lems

and there will be less wind first thing, which will keep flow­ers still. Don’t panic if it’s look­ing over­cast, though – cloudy days are ac­tu­ally bet­ter for shoot­ing wild flow­ers as bright sun­light can lead to harsh shad­ows and ex­po­sure prob­lems, es­pe­cially if you’re shoot­ing white flow­ers.

You don’t need any spe­cial kit for this project, but us­ing a tri­pod will help make sure that your cam­era and back­drop is per­fectly still, and will also mean that you re­ally con­cen­trate on your com­po­si­tion. The down side is that you’re less flex­i­ble and it’s harder to get down re­ally low, so it’s worth ex­per­i­ment­ing with both a tri­pod and shoot­ing hand­held.

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