Nature Photo Tips: How to photograph yellow flowers

How to photograph yellow flowers
It’s a beautiful sunny summer day, and yellow wildflowers are in full bloom. You start taking photos, and you realize that the yellows are not looking yellow. Your beautiful photos of wildflowers are looking more like this weird funky yellow-toned snapshot of yuck.
No worries….Let me show you a simple way to fix that.
Let’s explore your exposure compensation.

Exposure compensation in a non-technical term, allows photographers to override exposure settings picked by the camera’s light meter to darken or brighten images before they are captured. (


Each marker is an exposure value. Negative is underexposing the photo (making the photo darker), and positive is overexposing the photo (making the photo lighter).
The only time you are unable to control the exposure compensation is when you are in auto mode.
There are no advanced settings to use. You will have to change the exposure value until you are happy with the ‘yellow’ color. However, you can use this little trick.
We already know that in order to get that deep rich yellow color, any marker set in the over-exposure bracket will make it brighter, so we will need to focus on taking photos that are underexposed.

To note: I am working with a Canon 7D DSLR

-Mode: Program, Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority
-Press the quick menu button to show the settings on the back of your screen (Q in a square)
-Make sure you have the exposure compensation selected

•The quick dial is the big round dial on the back
•The main dial is the dial on the top of the camera near the shutter release button)
(OPTION – Push the set button located in the center of the quick dial on the back of the camera)

-Move the EV to -1 using your quick dial.
-Use the main dial to select a three-mode shooting sequence. (You can spread out the EV to a variety of points but keep the markers close together)
-With the quick dial move the 3-point sequence to -1
This set-up is a quick way to help you narrow down what exposure value works for you while photographing yellow flowers. There are other creative uses for this as well, but learning this step is a way to help you understand what exposure compensation is and how and when to make adjustments.
For practicing purposes, place your camera on Aperture Priority mode and set your ISO to 400. Focus on the yellow flower, hold the shutter release button down. The camera will take three sequenced photos.
It can get a little confusing when you begin to change the f-stop settings. F-stops set lower than 4.0 tend to bring in too much light so starting at 4.0 is a start to build your base setting.
Try not to get frustrated about getting it right the first time. It will take time to learn and remember that being outside photographing is better than spending too much time behind the computer.

Yellow flower 1

Your first photo is the middle marker

Mode: Aperture Priority
F-stop f/5.6
Shutter 1/2500
ISO 400


Yellow flower 2

The second photo is the left marker

Mode: Aperture Priority
F-stop f/5.6
Shutter 1/3200
ISO 400


Yellow flower 3

The third photo is the right marker

Mode: Aperture Priority
F-stop f/5.6
Shutter 1/2000
ISO 400


Don’t be hard on yourself if your photos are not perfect. Actually, it’s good if they aren’t. If you always took that perfect photo, how could you learn to be more adventurous and creative?

Did this tip help? Let me know in the comments!

August 2020-Cover

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Florida Nature Magazine – August 2020


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