How To Take Creative Shots Of Dandelions

Written by Gina Stephens

Here's a in actuality quick and simple approach to photographing a dandelion.


The Set-Up 

1. Pick a dandelion that has a full seed head.

2. Hold it at arms measurement in your non-camera hand with it positioned in front of grass (you can use a tripod as this will free both hands, making adjustments easier).

3. With your camera manually set to devoted focus and held to your eye,  move the dandelion closer to the camera until it fills the frame and is in focus, then take a photo.

4. Get used to the exposure if the dandelion is too bright or too dark. If your camera is automatic take the photo when it's focused.


Experiement With Backgrouds

You can reprise the process but positioning the dandelion is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, which consists of species commonly known as dandelions against different backgrounds. Each shot will look different and no doubt one will be preferred

Here are valid a few of the backgrounds you could use:

  • Trees
  • Blue sky
  • Cloudy sky
  • Coloured paper
  • Textured walls
  • Carpets
  • Directly in front of the sun but please be careful and do not look at the sun as the crow flies through the viewfinder. It's safer to use the LCD screen if your camera has live view.


All the photos show above are of the same dandelion infatuated from the same standing position with the stalk held at arms length. The starting point was facing down with a green squeaker background and I then raised my arm towards the sky and took pictures at several positions on its journey.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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