Valentine’s Day Photography Inspiration: Roses, Chocolates and More


Valentine's Day. Scrumptious, rich chocolates, romantic dinners and an assortment of flowers. A big day for florists, candy makers and restaurants who help couples celebrate Valentine's Day. As photographers, we also make our own sweetness. Images of beautiful flowers. Photographs of chocolates and delectable desserts. One of the “lovely” things about Valentine's photography is the creative perspective and use of different lenses by photographers.

Photo by Alexander

Flower photography, food photography is not limited to macro or close-up lenses. We'll explore delicious photographs across a variety of lenses that celebrate the day that initially was associated with romantic, “courtly” love in the Middle Ages.

Pink Passion
Photo by Sheen's Nature Photography.
Settings used: 105mm Macro, f/9 ISO 160 1/500 sec

Getting Close: Macro Photography

A traditional macro lens has a magnification factor of 1:1 at its closest focus setting. The use of macro lenses in flower photography and small objects allow the photographer and viewer to hone in on the subject and the fine details. The working distance between the lens and the subject is close. For example, with a 50mm macro, the camera distance at a 1:1 magnification is roughly around 7 inches. A 105mm macro, the distance is approximately a foot for 1:1 magnification. Macro lenses open the door to details, artistry and creativity. Pick any season of the year, from flowers, water droplets to icicles and make big images out of small objects.

Rose 'Diana,Princess of Wales' raised in U.S.A.
Photo by naruo0720

Box of Chocolate
Photo by Susanne Nilsson

Bokeh Love With Prime Lenses

A prime lens is fast, lighter in weight than macros and zooms. While you can't focus as close as you can with a macro, you can get close to your subject depending on the focal length of the lens. Primes make for awesome travel companions as they are truly ‘walk around and shoot” lenses. Also known for complimenting their subjects with a beautiful bokeh.

Day 80 - Beautiful  Flowers
Photo by Cristiano Betta

Dessert at Cafe Babareeba
Photo by Vxla

So Near And Yet So Far: Telephoto Lenses

Longer distance telephotos are not the first lenses most photographers think of to grab out of our camera bag when intentionally photographing flowers.

Just because you have a longer lens on your camera when you see that ‘beautiful flower' doesn't mean you can't get beautiful composition. Using telephotos for ‘close-up' minimizes casting a shadow on your subject. Additionally, creating a soft background is effectively achieved when balancing the depth of field and separating the subject from the background.

Cannonball Tree Flower
Photo by Sheen's Nature Photography.
Settings used: 150-600mm, f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/200 sec

Hot chocolate, anyone?
Photo by Stratman²

Cast a Wider Net With Wide Angle Shots

Fun, quirky, creative. Depending on the focal length, extra wide angles, such as a 14mm, produce images that start big up front while quickly pushing background further into the visual distance.

Red flow
Photo by Sarah Horrigan

Happy Valentine's Day!
Photo by fly

This Valentine's day, celebrate the day and your artistic talent by making some sweet images of your own. And if they happen to be chocolates….even better!

About Author

Sheen Watkins is a conservationist, wildlife photographer, instructor, author and photography writer. You can follow her photography on Facebook, Instagram and her website.

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