NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Go wide

A wide-an­gle lens fits in more of the scene and there­fore more flow­ers. They nat­u­rally have some pin­cush­ion dis­tor­tion, and that dis­tor­tion can evoke a sense of be­ing a small amongst the un­der­growth, look­ing up at the flow­ers. Any­thing wider than 35mm will be per­fect.

3 Get a bet­ter view

En­gage Live View to see bet­ter with­out hav­ing to peer awk­wardly through the viewfinder. A Nikon with an ar­tic­u­lated screen (such as the D750, D7500 or D5600) makes things much eas­ier. Don’t have an ar­tic­u­lated screen? We’re afraid it’s ly­ing in the mud for you!

5 Me­ter to zero

To cor­rectly bal­ance the light in your im­age, en­gage Ma­trix me­ter­ing; this takes an av­er­age reading across the whole frame, from bright high­lights to dark shad­ows. You don’t want to blow out the sky so aim to hit 0 on the light me­ter; our re­sul­tant shut­ter speed was 1/25 sec.

2 Stay steady

A great bit of kit to keep your Nikon steady while low to the ground is to use a mini-tri­pod. The Joby DSLR Go­ril­la­pod can hold a Nikon along with a small lens with ease, and the legs can be bent into any kind of shape, mak­ing it easy to get a low an­gle shoot­ing up­wards.

4 Blur the back­ground

A wide aper­ture, such as f/4, de­creases your depth of field, which means when you fo­cus on that clos­est flower, more of the flow­ers be­hind it will be blurred out. It was bright on the day we shot, so we kept our ISO at 100 and set Manual ex­po­sure mode.

6 Set the AF point

Choose sin­gle AF point or group mode aut­o­fo­cus in the cus­tom set­ting menu, then move the AF point on the LCD screen un­til you’re fo­cused on your near­est flower. If it’s windy, take the shot im­me­di­ately after fo­cus­ing or your flower may move and be­come out of fo­cus.

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