hi guys! welcome to another post in my photography notes series! 😍 i have SO much fun with these, and i’m constantly coming up with new ideas of tips for y’all and places i can take pics for more posts.
let me know if you ever have any photoshoot ideas, camera questions, etc, so i can expand this series! the next one i’m thinking about doing is portrait photography with my little sisters, so lmk if you’d like to see that 😊
now let’s check out today’s! i took pics of the flowers in our yard and some from my work, which are all cheerfully in bloom 💞
maggie’s photography notes //
flower snapshot tips! 🌺
here we have an offset subject! the flower in the background is the main focus, but the leaves and branches are ‘in the way.’ the angle, backdrop, and foreground all create a lot of intrigue! it’s not necessarily a good shot, but an interesting one when you’re learning about photography(:
i like to show you guys the power of filters, haha! what color is this flower, really? is it pink? is it orange? that depends on the lighting and the filter you choose! i think it’s funny that the ‘tan’ filter on rookiecam allows me to take autumn photos year-round 🤣 it looks so realistic! depending on the vibe you’re going for in your pics, filters really change everything.
this is subject vs. detail! while you can see the color and shape of the petals in the first photo, you won’t focus on them as much as you will in the second pic!
with my iphone XR, to get great close-up pictures, i’ll move toward my subject, zoom in the lens a little bit, and tap to focus. the shots have more clarity this way than if i just moved forward!
these two pics illustrate subject! the first is primarily about the largest flower in the middle, and the second focuses on the bush. i love taking multiple pictures of the same subject from varying distances away. later when i’m going through the pics, i’ll be able to see which photos turned out to be my favorites!
i really like both pics above because while there’s a lot going on in them, i think they still have great focal points.
here’s another example of filters! the first brings out fresh green colors in the leaves and pink-purple with the flowers. the second (which i think is the ‘tan’ filter) makes the sunshine golden, which fades the coloring in everything else. in fact the second pic almost makes the flowers look wilted and possibly dying 😂 all because of a filter!
THIS ONE! *runs around happily* the backdrop makes this shot so wonderful. you’re already intrigued by the fact that one branch has the majority of flowers on it, but then you add the white brick! *chef’s kiss* and the shade from the ledge above further keeps your attention on those beautiful flowers!
this shot has a great supporting background! i feel like the flowers off to the left, along with the brick wall, help balance the photo and allow you to focus on the flower in the middle.
here’s an offset subject! the background is quite busy, and there’s a dead-looking bud in the upper middle of the pic? however lol, i encourage you to try out angles like this. you never know what shots you’ll accomplish by putting the subject in interesting places!
✨ the power of filters ✨ strike again! the first pic is so fresh and summer-y, and the second looks like the first day of fall. lol it really is possible to live a fabricated life through your photos
look familiar? this pic is the first one i took before the one above! but i noticed after taking it that it has an offensive background. by that i mean, when you look hard enough, something comes to your attention that ruins the whole shot. i didn’t notice until after i took it that someone’s car is in the upper middle background. so i tilted the camera slightly to take a pic of just the flowers.
here is a clear vs. distracting background! depending on what you’re going for, a busy or uninterrupted background is what you want for a shot. in the case above, i love the first image more! the shade behind the flower, instead of its distracting buddies, creates a nicer shot.
thanks so much for reading!! i really love this series and i hope you do too 😍
lmk if you ever use my tips and do a photoshoot, i’d love to see ’em!