STEP BY STEP
Say it with flowers
1 Watch the weather
Cloudless blue skies aren’t ideal for flower photography; direct light can be too harsh, resulting in too much contrast, with blown highlights and little detail in the shadows. An overcast day will produce much more even and soft light, which is far more flattering.
2 Control the aperture
Shoot in aperture priority mode for control over depth of field. Wide apertures produce a shallow depth of field to blur the background and make subjects stand out. Shoot with too narrow an aperture and the subject will blend awkwardly into its surroundings.
3 Secure your Nikon
A tripod not only avoids potential camera shake issues, it forces you to think clearly about your composition. Get down low so you’re level with your subject; you’ll need a sturdy tripod with legs that can splay out so you can shoot close to the ground.
4 Keep your composure
Shooting at low angles can make looking through the viewfinder awkward – if not impossible. Enable Live View to compose and focus your shot. Zoom in to 5x or 10x magnification and twist the manual focus ring on your lens until your subject comes into sharp focus.
5 Reflect the light
A reflector has multiple uses; use its diffuser panel to shade your subject to soften light when the sun is out, position it at an angle to bounce light back into the shadows to reveal more details, or simply use it as a wind break on breezy days to keep your subject still.
6 Brighten things up
When shooting white flowers your camera may overcompensate for the bright tones, resulting in dull, grey flowers. Increase exposure compensation to brighten them up, but be careful not to blow the highlights and precious details in the delicate petals.