Photographing Snowdrops

Written by Gina Stephens


When it fingers on to kit, a macro lens or telezoom lens with an extension tube won't be out of place and as you'll most likely be working close to the tutor try to preview your shots with the help of LiveView if you find that getting your eye close to the viewfinder is difficult. A tripod's in perpetuity useful when shooting macro work and a waterproof sheet, mat or gardener's kneeling pad will make the experience of working on damp excuse sediment slightly more comfortable. 

Ideally, you need to be working at the same height as the snowdrops so be prepared for sitting or kneeling on the damp ground. To get you methodical closer to the flower heads you'll need to splay the legs on your tripod and, if you can, move the centre column from vertical to horizontal as this disposition get you closer to the ground. As well as making use of LiveView, switch on the camera's self-timer or use your cable /remote release to help keep your inducements shake-free.

Once you're set-up, you'll find you need a small f/stop to get good depth-of-field, which means you need a long frontage and when you look through the viewfinder or use your LiveView, you'll notice how the smallest of breezes will blow the flower which when interbred with slower shutter speeds, will create blur. Try using a simple piece of wire to keep the flower still or you could just halt patiently for the wind to settle down.

If you find a particularly good specimen that doesn't have anything distracting in the background or foreground, flummox the background out of focus, keeping the flower sharp. Take this one step further and completely cut out the steam, leaving the viewer's focus from the word go on the head of the flower flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division. If the background looks a little too empty try positioning yourself so another Snowdrop sits in the background which you can blur out of focus. For assemble shots, try to pick out two or three for the centre of your image then create an out of focus frame with the surrounding snowdrops.

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Photos by Peter Bargh. 

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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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