How to photograph Wildflowers (Top Tips) | Flower Photography

I show how to photograph Wildflowers and give top tips on photographing wild flowers in this Flora Photography video. As the weather is idea for wild Spring flowers, I get out and give you some photography tips on how to get some great photos of wildflowers using extension tubes. If you want to know how to take photos of wildflowers close up, and get better macro photographs of wild flowers and insects, then follow these top tips.

Thank you for watching. I hope you enjoy this video.

Links:
Liesl Huddleston’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6_-OFbgyvr4kXDrLYukqnA

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D mk4
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM
Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod
Manfrotto 804RC2 Mark II 3-Way Head
Lee 100mm Filter Kit
Lee Polariser
Lee Neutral Density Graduated Soft Filter Kit
Lee Neutral Density Graduated Hard Filter Kit
Sony a6500
Rode Rodelink Mic

27 Comments

  1. James Brew on September 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Nice video John! To be honest flower photography is something I’ve never ever tried but you’ve certainly opened my eyes somewhat to the potential. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Veronica Robertson on September 23, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    I loved your safety gear, that was good! Great video, and lovely images! Thank you.

  3. Derek Jones on September 23, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Great video – thank you! I’ve just started photographing wild flowers with my Olympus EM10 MkII, some extension tubes and a 40-150mm lens. It’s handy cos the kit is quite small.

  4. Chris Burnard on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you for your video. Very inspiring and you get your point over very well.

  5. Norius Lephotographe on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    so funny with your costume lol

  6. Philip Culbertson on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Another tip or two: Take an establishing shot along with closeups. That helps with identification later. I sometimes get back home with a closeup of flower parts and can’t identify the actual flower. For maximizing insect opportunity, going out early in the morning when it is cooler and damper helps a lot. Insects are less active and will stay still long enough to get good shots. I shoot primarily handheld and shoot bursts while slowly moving my body in and out to focus on the insect. These can later be focus stacked if the insect didn’t move to increase the area in focus. Lastly, a good light helps a lot with maximizing DOF. LED banks are cheap and are great to allow use of Fstops from F16-22 or so for insects.

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  8. Ann M on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Fantastic tips but please, less waffle!

  9. liza monreal on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Flowers are my go to photographic subject….thumbs up for the info i ll keep it in mind for my channel 👍👍

  10. Laura Gonzales- LG Photography on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Excellent video!! About fell off the chair when I saw your Protection Gear and face net!!!!! Hahahahaha

  11. xwhite2020 on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Not so good advice on the macro lens being only for close uos. For instance the canon f2.8 is known as a great portrait lens.

  12. John Greenwood on September 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Hello Friends, I really hope you enjoy my video on photographing wildflowers. Thank you so much for watching.

  13. Jim Day Photography on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Hi John. Great vid. I have been thinking about photographing the wild flowers this year so thanks very much for the fantastic tips. I will definitely be having a go at making one of your perspex wind breaks, what a brilliant idea. Love the rapeseed image. Seeing you with all your wild flower armor on made me laugh out loud. I didn’t realise photographing flowers was so dangerous 😀 great stuff 👍

  14. colin clewley on September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    What a lovely video, full of information which we can easily follow with many tips, your videos are always first class, always look forward to watching, and this was something different from your usual format, look forward to more, Regards.

  15. Jim Wallace alias Mr Graphic on September 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Really enjoyed your video. It’s amazing how many wonderful things there are when you get up CLOSE!

  16. Liesl Huddleston on September 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Great video, John! So peaceful there, I kept rewatching parts of the video staring at everything in the background and wishing I was there, the scenery and buildings are so charming – very different than here. Thank you for the awesome shoutout, so kind of you. I loved all of the photos and tips, especially the one at 16:28, incredible! I’d love to get similar wildflower armor, but it’s too hot here for that kind of gear, I’ll just have to keep suffering the dangers haha! That was so funny, I showed my kids, they had a good laugh too.

  17. Paul Compton PDphotography on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Your growing mate. I have just done a bluebell video out this Sunday a two part video. Macro work is cool. Will have to meet up again over summer

  18. Ellen vd on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Ellen Kowallis on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    You mentioned that you’d give Lisa Huddleson’s link. Where is that found?

  20. roy hall on September 23, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Hi john have just come across your utube video verry good I have a tamron macro 90mm lens but struggle with
    looking at thw way you do is good. I also have a canon 70.200 2.8 very good would that that work okay keep up
    the good work.

  21. Trevor Hughes on September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Thoroughly enjoyable vlog John, thank you. Some lovely images and really useful tips. Not too sure about your ‘protective gear’ though! Lol. Atb

  22. alborada777 on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Great video with some very useful tips.

  23. Tom S on September 23, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    hi, john, have you ever used ring flash? I thought flashlight might be useful to stop motion blur of the subject.

  24. K.G. Wuensch on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Hi, the windbreak is an inspired idea – which can be expanded upon. I would have a frosted piece of perspex with me as a diffusor to use instead of or on top of the lid…

  25. David G on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Do you do any focus stacking? Thanks for the tips and vlogs.

  26. Ashley Stubbings on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Right, John. I’m going to watch the rest of the video in a minute when I’ve just said what I need to say, because I’m sure it’s very good. However I’ve just reached ‘Tip No.2’ and there is already a problem here. Allow me to explain. You (rightly) suggest that getting down on the ground at the same eye level as the flower is a brilliant way to photograph them. However, I’m disabled, and cannot do this. Basically if I were to do this, I would never get back up again! LOL. Can you suggest a way of getting on the same level as the flower, without actually getting down on the ground, as myself, and I’m sure many others, would find this very hard, if not impossible to do. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not having a go at you. But thinking ‘outside the box’ is something I’ve become somewhat of an expert in.

  27. JustDuff on September 23, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Interesting but Obviously you don’t realise how important dandelions are to the bees

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