Photographing Flowers by Harold Davis download in pdf, ePub, iPad
Earlier in the week I had the chance to sit down with a photographer whose specialty is photographing flowers. These settings are only a starting point and may need to be adjusted depending on the amount of ambient light that is present. Depending on how strong the wind is blowing and how much light is available, you may even need to use a neutral density filter to slow the shutter speed enough to show movement. Details are great, but it may be a good idea to include some images that will tell more of the story. First, the flower may be dusty and the water will clean it off.
Beware that when shooting up close, the depth of field will be razor thin, and could present some challenges for getting enough of the flower in focus. The idea is to light only the flowers and not the background. Harold has also been leading a series of technical webinars that address parts of the workflow involved recordings are available. Depending on your situation, you can use the gold side to provide warmer light or the silver side for a cooler image.
So, much as with the first tip above, and as a general rule, be deliberate and thoughtful when making these images. This enables you to fire the shutter without risking camera movement as a result of you pressing down on the shutter release button. The first thing you may ask yourself is if you could make this simple device on your own for much less money, and the answer is a resounding yes. Compose the image of the flower to show the setting sun and sky to make a very dramatic image. Or maybe there are some wildflowers growing next to a stream and you want to include some of the water to provide context for the image.
This technique will be especially helpful when shooting macro or close-up images of flowers. Many kinds of subject matter work well with this technique. However, not all flower photographs are created equal. This light box falls in the expensive category.
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