Shoot Your Flowers and Plants This National Photography Day

Zoom in, zoom out, and get a whole new perspective. Nature is the ideal subject for colorful photos.

By: THURSD. | 16-08-2023 | 6 min read
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On the 19th of August shoot your shot at National Photography Day. Everyone has a camera these days. Some professionals and nostalgic persons still use a 'real' photo camera - with film or digital - but with an estimated 16.8 billion smartphones in the world (twice the population) you could say that pretty much every one of us has a camera. And what do you do with a camera? Right, shoot nice pictures. What better object to shoot than nature? So go into it or go outside and take your best shot at those fantastic flowers and plants. You'll see that you will get a whole new perspective on life itself.

National Photography Day

Discover the joy of photographing flowers and plants on this National Photography Day. Create memories that will last forever, capturing the intricate beauty of nature's artistry. Dive into the world where light meets lens and color meets the frame - a world where life unfurls in still images!

Imagine a world where you could freeze time, capturing moments of sheer beauty and wonder that might otherwise be lost to the ever-changing winds of time. Welcome to the world of photography – a realm where the fleeting whispers of life are captured and immortalized, where stories are told not through words but through the visual symphony of light and shadows, colors and contours. This National Photography Day, explore this fascinating world of flowers and plants in full color or - if you insist - in black and white.


National Photography Day


National Photography Day
Photo by Dmitriy from PIxabay.


Photographing Nature

Photographing nature, especially flowers and plants, is like painting with light. It's an opportunity to capture the grandeur of nature, to immortalize the fleeting blush of a bloom or the vibrant dance of leaves in the wind. National Photography Day is a celebration of this unique form of storytelling, reminding us of the beauty that surrounds us and our ability to capture it.

Nature is everywhere, in your house, and outside. Big landscapes or small flowers. Anything goes. The 17th-century painters of still lifes already knew it: nature is patient. A flower will pose for hours, days if it must, for you to take the perfect picture. Modern photographers like Dutch artist Frank Van Driel or Paul Heijmink from Belgium use this knowledge to make wonderful compositions. And there are more great photographers to learn from, like close-up artist Eva Bartos (USA), or the more mystical works of Vietnamese Chiron Duong and Robert Peek. Plenty of inspiration and possibilities to pick your own style!


Frank van Driel Photography
The Naked Truth. Photographic still life by Frank van Driel.



A History of Botanical Photography

National Photography Day, celebrated annually on August 19th, is a tribute to the day the patent for the daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Louis Daguerre, was released to the world for free in 1839. It serves as a global acknowledgment of photography’s ability to capture our world’s myriad of spectacles, moments, and emotions.

Simultaneously, the art of photographing plants can be traced back to the early years of photography. Pioneers like Anna Atkins in the mid-19th century began using cyanotypes - a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print - to document plant life. Atkins's work, such as 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', is considered the first book illustrated with photographic images and has greatly influenced botanical photography.


Paul Heijmink
Gerbera Pasta Latina by Paul Heijmink.


National Photography Day Matters

In a fast-paced world of fleeting moments and continuous change, photography offers a chance to pause, reflect, and appreciate. On National Photography Day, we honor this unique art form that empowers us to capture the beauty of the world around us, helping us connect with our surroundings in ways words often cannot convey.

The practice of photographing flowers and plants is especially significant. It’s more than just creating beautiful images - it’s about fostering a deeper appreciation for nature. It allows us to witness the often overlooked details of plants and flowers, from the delicate texture of petals to the intricate patterns of a leaf's veins, inspiring us to protect these natural wonders.


Photography Day
This picture in London's Leadenhall Market by @scottfrenchphotography is named very appropriately 'Photo-synthesis'.


Why People Love Photographing Flowers and Plants

The joy of photographing flowers and plants is multi-faceted. Firstly, it's the marvel of their inherent beauty, of course. Each flower, each leaf, offers a unique display of nature's artistry.

Photography provides the platform to immortalize these marvels. It grants us the ability to notice the details - the way morning dew clings to the petals of a rose, or how the setting sun paints the leaves in shades of gold. It's in these details that we often find the most profound beauty and inspiration.

Moreover, photographing nature is a meditative process that cultivates patience and presence. It takes time and mindfulness to frame the perfect shot, allowing photographers to connect with the environment in a meaningful way.

Lastly, sharing these captured moments of beauty with others, whether through social media or art exhibits, is a rewarding experience. It’s a way of spreading appreciation for nature, a way to inspire and engage others with the planet's abundant beauty.


National Photography Day
Enjoy this planet's abundant beauty.
Photo by @tomo_557.


Capturing the Beauty of Flowers and Plants

So, this National Photography Day, why not venture into your garden, the local park, or any nature spot you love? Take a moment to admire the intricate dance of nature. The enormous variety of plants and flowers, the play of sunlight on leaves, the sheer symphony of colors, and capture these moments.

Whether you're a professional photographer or just starting your journey in this magical world, remember, every image you capture tells a story - your story. Let your photographs of flowers and plants be your narrative of connection and appreciation for the beauty that nature holds. Let them be your tribute to National Photography Day. Frame it this 19th of August!


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Photo by Milada Vigerova from Pexels.


Now, what to do with all your works of art? Do you keep them on your camera, or saved on your computer or in the cloud, and probably never look at them again? That would be a shame, don't you think? Well, to conclude this day in a good manner, here are ten tips on how to display your photos, making them a part of your surroundings.

And if you still cannot get enough of taking photographs of nature, know that you get another chance on the 15th of June, because then we day completely dedicated to celebrating the outdoors on Nature Photography Day.


Header image by Tatjana from Pixabay.



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