A few days ago, one of the readers has asked me to recommend him a good macro lens for shooting flowers. After a little discussion it turned out that he was interested in flower portraits, not macro shots. Don’t get me wrong, macro lenses are a fantastic tool, and a great part of photographer’s arsenal, but my point is:
You don’t need macro lens for creating compelling flower portraits.
Chances are, that your kit zoom lens will work just as fine.
Check the flower in the photo above. It has been shot with my kit Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED Lens which I have bought with my camera. Zoom lenses work great for shooting flowers because:
- It’s easy to put background out of focus by using the small aperture (f/5.6 in my case)
- You can zoom in close enough to have the flower nearly fill the frame
These effects are even more pronounced with a telephoto zoom lens. So, our photography tip of the week is:
“Try using your kit zoom lens for flower portraits”