Shallow Focus Flowers

When we first start photographing flowers, we strive to get a clear, sharp shot, often at very close distances. But without special equipment and some advanced techniques, we can be frustrated by the lack of sharp focus throughout the image. Instead of fighting it, try shooting at the widest aperture and carefully selecting the portion of the blossom you want sharp. This draws your viewer's eye to that spot and creates a different look to your picture.

Tulip in a Japanese Garden
Seattle, Washington
f/1.8, 1/250 second, ISO 100, 50mm

Join me for this and other creative flower photography techniques at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL, January 19-20, 2019. For more information, visit