Photographing Flowers Part 2—Cameras and Lenses

By Matthew Bamberg / Mar 4, 2013

Flowers are candy to a photographer. Their beauty in spring gives photographers of all levels a special opportunity to shoot some of the most beautiful objects on earth.

You can shoot flowers with any lens, each giving different results, the best coming from a macro lens. While a macro lens on a dSLR offers the sharpest close-ups of flowers, most point-and-digital cameras and cell phone cameras are also capable of taking some excellent flower photographs.

Both point-and-shoot lenses and phone camera lenses shoot flower images just as well as a dSLR with a kit lens and/or some macro lenses. This fact may surprise you because the point-and-shoots and camera phone cameras are much less expensive than cameras with larger sensors.

There is a simple explanation as to why point-and-shoot cameras are so good at taking close-ups of small subjects and objects. Macro photography is defined to have a 1:1 ratio between the object and sensor. For a dSLR camera with a full size sensor to be 1:1, you need a 35 mm object to fill a frame. Point and shoot and camera phones have much smaller sensors so that a much smaller object will fill the frame, giving more sharp close-up details.

If you have a choice between a dSLR camera and a point-and-shoot for flower photography, go with the later. Since a point-and-shoot cameras (and phone cameras) are  easier to maneuver than a dSLR, put one in your pocket for shooting the spring flowers you will want to stop to shoot when hiking or biking.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).