Photography & Sunflowers
As a landscape photographer I am always looking for new content, traveling across the United States, Canada and Iceland seeking new photography locations and inspiration. I have never been a big nature photographer until I was able to spend some quality time exploring Tuscany, Italy. Headed to Italy I knew there would be sunflower opportunities - but once there, I had to refine my nature skills and shoot for the best sunflower photos possible. The two photos pictured below are a part of my Italy Art Gallery and are featured on my photography site. Here are my tips for creating beautiful sunflower pictures:
Tip #1: Find your composition.
For this photograph I specifically wanted three main sunflowers in my photo. Good things come in threes - it took a bit of creative adjusting with perspective in the field, along with several failed photo attempts (which you don't see). Play with your photography composition to explore and get creative. Have an idea in mind and experiment with a variety of compositions. At first in the field I didn't shoot this actual composition, it wasn't until after I went back to the car and looked through my images that I found I wasn't pleased with the composition and needed something more powerful.
Tip #2: Include the Sky
This seems obvious but when you are in the field shooting away we often forget with flowers to include the sky. The reason this picture above works so well is because of the complimentary natural colors of yellow and blue. If the sky were blown out white, or I had shot this photograph without the sky it would take away from the overall warm feeling of the photo. Include the sky especially with sunflowers to get the optimum combination of colors.
Tip #3: Get Low
One of the biggest mistakes I see new photographers make is their routine of shooting 98% of photographers from eye level. Shooting at eye level is convenient but doesn't provide viewers with anything they haven't seen before. Get low! For this photograph I was literally laying on the ground shooting at an upward angle. This makes a big difference with flowers because you can eliminate obtrusive elements in the background and give a different perspective.
Photography and Social Media
I work tirelessly to share my photography through social media. Social media is king with photography -- share your tips for this photo and others on my social media and I will spread the word. Find me on Google+, Twitter to get out and share photography tips today!