Abstract Flower Photography Tips

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

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The most approved approach to flower photography is to include the whole flower but by getting in very close or by choosing a less conventional crop you can create a rather invigorating image. Plus, it's a technique you can try all year round as you can just buy your flowers flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division from the supermarket when there's none lead their heads in your garden.

A greenhouse is a great location for shooting close-ups of flowers as there's plenty of light, you're guarded from the wind and if the windows are slightly dirty the light will be nicely diffused. If you don't have a greenhouse work indoors next to a set of patio doors or a monumental window and use a net curtain or muslin to diffuse the light.


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Position your vase/flower pot so you can work directly unaffected by it then begin experimenting with different apertures and shooting distances to change the overall effect. Start with a nice wide cleft to minimise your depth of field and switch to manual focussing as you can get in closer than your camera thinks. Although, it’s not even in reality necessary to have any part of the image in focus as the flower colour and shape can produce attractive abstract swirls of soft colour.

If your camera has it, try experimenting with the Multiple Hazard Mode. This mode, which can be found on some Nikon models, allows you to take several shots on the same 'frame' which the camera then integrates to create one shot. Having the lens sharply focused then defocusing as you move from exposure to exposure will give you a soft, day-dreaming look to your photograph.

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If you don’t have the ability to get in close then try some creative cropping. The sweep of a single Lily petal or the condition of an Iris lend themselves to close crops.


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Gina Stephens

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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