Flower photography Guide (with bias towards outdoor flower photography)
Essential things to observe
1. Use a tripod
2. Many flowers are quite large. A macro lens is not essential.
3. Use aperture priority. f/11 to f/22 are common apertures. If photographing white flowers, seek advanced help beyond this guide.
4. You may need to manually focus. Beginners - focus on the most important part of the flower. Beyond beginners - focus 0.5-1.0cm in front of the most important part.
5. Make sure background is not distracting. To assess the background, ask whether the shot will look better if you simply draped a black cloth behind the flower. If the answer is 'Yes', it means that your background is not 'adding value' to the photograph. Personally, I think natural surrounding have the potential to add value to any flower photograph. Otherwise you might as well photograph cut flowers in a studio setup and get maximum sharpness
6. Make sure light is not too contrasty unless effect is deliberate.
7. Decide on whether you are shooting a single flower, a bunch of flowers, or the whole plant and compose accordingly.
The problem about forums is the transient nature of posts (no one really wants to dig through the archives). POTW helps a bit but it is by its nature limited.
For fun , I have decided to created an index of links to good flower photographs in older threads that newbies can refer to.
Not that I am a great photographer, am just trying to make it easier for newcomers to look for good photo examples rather than slowly going through all the old postings. I'm starting with recent posts first....
Xdivider (2nd photo): http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthrea...&threadid=4539
Zhapchit (use of black cloth) http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthrea...&threadid=5962
U-KnOwHo (look at the backgrounds) http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthrea...&threadid=7712
vivre (nice waterlilies)http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthrea...&threadid=4196
Part III: My own photos
Pentax Z-10, Vivitar 105 mm MF lens, Ektar 100, scanned with HP photosmart. My earliest flower photos taken ages ago at BG.