5 Plant Photography Tips

Certain plant species have been able to develop unique responses to grow in the harsh Arctic tundra climate. Poppies are no exception. Learn more about these sun-seekers in this clip from Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."

Plant photography is an exercise in celebrating color. Whether it's the vibrant red of a rose or the deep purple of a violet, colorful flowers and lush landscapes dominate nature photography. Indoor lighting requires piles of equipment to compare to natural light -- it's hard to beat the outdoors on a sunny day.

Capturing the beauty of a flower garden or forest isn't quite as simple as pointing and shooting. No matter how inherently beautiful the subject, all photographs still require an eye for composition and the right equipment. Indoors, lighting is a hassle, but it's actually possible for natural lighting to be too bright! Wind also presents a challenge: Plants aren't exactly known to stand still when even the lightest breeze blows through.

Want to photograph your garden? Planning a tropical vacation with a DSLR in tow? Brush up on the art of plant photography with five tips on using lighting, depth of field and the right equipment for the job.