Macro Photography How To Guide – Making Dyed Flowers

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Macro Photography How To Guide - Dyed Flowers

Macro Photography How To Guide – Dyed Flowers (Photo source: www.theimaginationtree.com)

Today’s macro photography how to guide will focus on how you can create unique and interesting subjects for your macro photography. We will be looking at how you can dye your flowers to give it that extra touch of uniqueness. We encourage you to involve your family or children as it is going to be fun and educational.

Macro photography is not only about increasing your photography knowledge. It is also about having fun while learning about some of your photography subjects (eg. insects, flowers, plants, etc).  For this particular how to guide, the process of creating these dyed flowers is originally from  a kids science experiment from The Imagination Tree. It teaches you about ‘xylem’ and how it transports water from the roots of a plant, to the stem and into the leaves and petals of the flowers. As such, you can definitely involve your children in this process – there is no doubt in our minds that everyone will learn something new today!

What is required?

  • A few stems of bright white flowers (carnations, chrysanthemums or gerberas)
  • A small jam bottle or glass for each flower
  • Water for each jam bottle / glass
  • Various bright food coloring (Blue & green are good colors to use)

Tutorial Steps

  1. Add water into your jam bottle / glass
  2. Add the food coloring into the water and mix well
  3. Place stem of the flower into the jam bottle / glass
  4. Repeat step 1-3 for the different colored dyes
  5. Sit and wait for the petals to change colors

The petals of the flowers will slowly change color – you can usually see the results within an hour. For the best results, it is recommended that you leave the flower in the colored dye for 1 – 2 days.

You have now created your very own unique dyed flowers! The only thing left for you to do is to pick up your camera and enjoy yourself!

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