Before venturing outside, it’s helpful to practice your flower photography at home with a store bought bouquet. With no wind to move and blur your subject, you can focus on making well-lit and sharp images. Expensive studio equipment is not necessary to create stunning results. To start, position the vase near a window with abundant sunshine. Couple this with a basic desk lamp to create rather dramatic light. For an added touch of brilliance, use a silver or gold reflector to soften the shadows. If you don’t have a reflector, it’s easy to make one by taping an 8×10 piece of aluminum foil to a piece of cardboard.
One of the best times to photograph flowers is just after a rain storm. Indoors, you can create the same look with a spray bottle filled with water. To really capture the delicate beauty of the drops move closer to the subject either with your feet, or by zooming in. Look for drops that hang precariously from the edge of a petal, and those that appear just seconds from falling to the ground.