1. Any camera will do. You don’t need a fancy camera or be a professional to take good wildflower photos – you can take great shots just with a phone camera. Angle and light are the most important tips. Having a camera on the auto setting will help select the best settings and most have good built in macro settings which will be automatically selected on auto. Take multiple shots from different angles.
2. Pick your light. Bright sunny days are good for landscape but not always useful for close ups especially with shiny flowers. Orchids are photographed best in the morning or afternoon light on a sunny day. Bright light will wash out white and pale coloured flowers such as white spider orchids.
3. Take it slow & get down to ground level. A lot of flowers are tiny and are at ground level in amongst other plants so you might miss them if you’re rushing past.
4. Watch your feet. Stick to the paths where possible. If venturing off-track then be wary of your feet when searching, you might be treading on a precious wildflower.
5. Have fun, spot something new every year. Don’t try and find everything at once, save some for the next trip. Ask at the local visitor centres for best location advice. If not sure on flora identification, start with books such as Eddy Wajon’s colour coded and easy to use WA wildflower guides. Join an online forum such at the WA Wildflower Society Facebook page – a wealth of info, photos and knowledgeable flora people to help ID your flora.
Moora local & Wildflower enthusiast, Rachel Walmsley, shared these tips on how to capture the prefect Wildflower picture.