How to photography flowers in woodland – macro photography

It isn’t really spring until I have spent some time in a woodland photographing the wild flowers there.

In this vlog, I’m in a woodland in North Wales, searching for wild spring flowers with my macro lens.

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  1. Tony Faulkner on September 23, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Damian, I really enjoyed your vlog on taking photographs of wild flowers, I must admit I do get rather annoyed when I watch some other vloggers referring to heather as that purple stuff and gorse as yellow stuff with spikes. So I for one would love you to do some more vlogs on wildflower or flower photography. Keep the good work up.

  2. Bob Barnes on September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    That’s a different video, and very enjoyable, used to do this when I had my Nikon with macro lens, but now have Fuji system, lovely for landscapes, but for flowers only have 55-200, but works ok for me, macro lens a bit pricey now, thanks for sharing Damian.

  3. Jack Wern on September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Liked your processes and the final images were excellent. Thanks. I was in Rhyd Ddu on the weekend photographing bluebell carpets near the railway. Could learn a thing or two from you as my resulting images were not what my eyes saw!!

  4. Tim Scanlan on September 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Damian. Great to see you back to doing a woodland vlog. I’ve had three cracking days this week capturing bluebells (they’re fully bloomed down here in South Wales), dog violets and wood sorrel. Your images are outstanding – love the lighting and the composition. That’s a great tip about the hat ! I carry different coloured A4 cards to use for the same purpose. I’ve really enjoyed this vlog Damian so please consider doing more woodland episodes. Many thanks for sharing.

  5. Victor Rea on September 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Yes Damian please more wildflower & insects also Macro pictures, enjoy your vlog’s.

  6. Ashley Stubbings on September 23, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    beautiful images and a lovely, informative video. Thanks.

  7. Noealz - Rain Photographer on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Do you ever do mushroom macro photography?

  8. Ste Bignall on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Excellent vlog, more of the same please.👍

  9. Mark Huff on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    A very enjoyable vlog, I would like to see more of your macro shots and tips.

  10. Ken Rees on September 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I would like to see more macro because I found this video
    very interesting

  11. Pete Stone Photography on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Great video and images as usual Damian

  12. Tony Davey on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Greatly enjoyed the video. Would appreciate vids on macro for flower, insects and fungi. Interested in how you make it not "too big in the frame" for a macro photograph. Another great production Damian thanks>.

  13. Rob Outen Photography on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Very interesting vlog Damian. Definitely expanded my knowledge of photography. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Mark Kelly Photography on September 23, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Perfect timing, I’m heading off to the woods this morning in search of bluebells, great tips thank you for shaering👍

  15. John Willemsz on September 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I love iT 👌

  16. Richard Lewis on September 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    great vid, would like to see more mace work please

  17. Allen Poulson on September 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    The third picture was the best of a fantastic bunch! Thx for sharing this withus👍

  18. Philip Culbertson on September 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    More of these please. I was glad to see this one Damian. I am a landscape photographer but I have recently taken up macro myself so I am absorbing information and techniques now. I did have a comment and a question. I have been taking shots lately of parts of flowers rather than the entire flower. One thing I learned was to take an establishing shot of the flower in situ before magnifying the parts. I was getting good shots of anthers and stamens but I was so close, I couldn’t identify the flower when I wanted to look it up. I now take in situ shots first. The question has to do with the camera. I am a Nikon shooter so don’t know Canon cameras very well but I think the 7D is an APS-C camera? What is your opinion on full frame versus APS-C for macro? It seems there are a lot of opinions on both sides of that question so I wondered what you thought?

  19. Rose C on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    My favorite photos are your artsy ones. Love the soft focus around the edges. That’s what I am trying to capture..

  20. Tom Kaszuba on September 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Excellent presentation. Thank you.

  21. sheila Regan on September 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Damian,

    Just discovered you and your very enjoyable vlogs today. I’ve subscribed and I’m looking forward to your next vlog while catching up with the previous ones. Thank you for explaining how you compose and all the tips.


  22. andy sheader on September 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Enjoyed that. Wonderfully isolated flower. Cheers.

  23. Dale Smith on September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I fancy entering some flowers in my club comps next year.great vlog as always

  24. Don Barton on September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Yes, show more wildflower vlogs. TFS Damian

  25. Brenda pullen on September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    You vlog really nicely in all ways with lots of detailed tips. Yes please, more videos like this one., I love macro in nature.

  26. Paul Compton PDphotography on September 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Hi. Can you please pm me where that place is. I have wanted to do the wild garlic for ages. Or take me with you mate would be wicked

  27. David Smith on September 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    I’ll have to remember to look for situations where the sun is backlighting the flowers. You have some lovely images there. At this time of year this type of photography is a serene alternative to landscapes.

  28. William Charlesworth on September 23, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Please stay well. Enjoy your insight. I live where there are many wild flowers. Your guidance is appreciated.

  29. Barry Johnson on September 23, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Enjoyed the Vlog Damian, A different side to you, and a promising location, would love to visit there and shoot some of the flowers, where about in N Wales is is please, and would like to see more of this stuff as very limited in vlogs

  30. Kevin Marshall on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Nice images Damian, never considered macro. Would you get a similar depth of field with a 70-200 telephoto lens?

  31. Dave Nokin on September 23, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Would absolutely love to see more of your nature work, keep up the good work and thanks for making your videos a great source of inspiration.

  32. The Last Tea Bag on September 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Macro is my absolute favourite aspect of photography, really enjoyed this Vlog.

    What tripod are you using? I can get mine as low as yours but I don’t have that arm so I am always struggling to get a decent position without damaging any flowers in front of the one I want to shoot.

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