It makes sense to photograph flowers early in the mornings or late in the evenings when the light is not harsh. Harsh light makes the shadows go too deep (devoid of detail) and highlights to overexpose.
For the best image quality, try to photograph flowers at the base ISO (generally ISO 100). As you increase ISO, digital noise creeps in and you also lose dynamic range. A dedicated macro lens can yield better image quality and is convenient to use. (This does not mean that you cannot use other methods, like the use of close-up filters, extension tubes etc.)
Consider using a sturdy tripod, especially, if the light is inadequate. A tripod will also allow you to use narrow apertures like f/11 or f/16 without using flash or increasing the ISO sensitivity. Keep in mind that there will be occasions when the use of a tripod will be cumbersome.
Wait for the breeze to die down before you release the shutter. In your excitement of the shot, don’t jab at the shutter release button; gently squeeze it down. Shoot in Raw. You could set your White Balance to Auto, though personally, I set my WB to Daylight. In Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), you can always change the WB to the one you prefer.
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