Flowers are a very important aspect of weddings and, by extension, wedding photography. In a wedding flower photography session, if the photographer is not careful, he can easily ruin images of even the most beautiful arrangement of flowers.
Beautiful images of the wedding flowers are not just important for the wedding parties but also for the florists who supply those flowers.
There are many factors that influence the quality of pictures in a wedding flowers photography session. For example using on-camera flash can result in less-than-satisfactory images, even in cases where the floral arrangement is impeccable.
Overcast or rainy days are the best days to capture the most amazing pictures. This is because, on such days, clouds diffuse sunlight. When light is diffused, shadows become softer and the color and texture of the flowers is captured perfectly.
How do I get the best wedding flower pictures? Any photographer who specializes in photographing flowers will tell you that the approach is quite different from other aspects of photography. It is virtually impossible to disguise a lack of skills when it comes to capturing images of wedding flowers.
Here are some tips that can help you get the best wedding flower images.
Ideally, the natural lighting without any extra assistance should be the best scenario. However, outdoor floral photography is not always ideal and in most cases, extra lighting is required. Extra lighting can be in the form of reflectors or artificial light.
Focus is critical. In wedding flower photography, even the tiniest adjustments in focus can make a huge difference in the final images. In this type of photography, sharp focus is very important.
Take your time to identify the points of interest and then make sure that the focus is sharp enough. Some of the best images will be captured when you go extra close and focus on specific parts of the flowers.
Remove all unwanted distractions. You don’t want distractions in the foreground or background to take away from your shots. You can choose to move them, change your angle or crop them out.
In some cases, come distractions can actually enhance your images in one way or another. If that is the case, you don’t need to move them.
Details and patterns. Apart from the petals, there are many other details and patterns that you can capture to come up with amazing wedding flower photographs. Take some time to select some of the best details and patterns and then magnify the images using a macro lens.