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3 Simple Top Tips For Flower Photography At Home

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3 Simple Top Tips For Flower Photography At Home: Flower photography

 

We're a bit off from Spring but that doesn't mean you can't photograph flowers as florists and supermarkets will be bursting with interesting flowers that you can photograph in your own home. To get you started, we've put together quick, basic and helpful tips that will aid you in creating a simple still life set-up at home so you can begin capturing floral themed images. 

 

1. Simple Backgrounds 

Flowers can look great when simply lit by sunlight. However, if you're working indoors next to a window they often look out onto gardens, streets and other distracting objects which don't make great backgrounds and can spoil the shot. You can, of course, remove the background with editing software but by simply placing a plain object behind your subject you'll save yourself a lot of time. A simple piece of card or cloth will work just fine.

 

3 Simple Top Tips For Flower Photography At Home: Window background for a photo of a plant

 

2. Don't Block Too Much Light 

You have to be careful where you place your new background as it can block the sun but by holding it or, if you can, getting someone else to hold it, the background can be moved around while you look through the viewfinder to see what position works the best. The trick is to move it as high up behind the object without any sun being shielded. Don't position the object you're photographing too close to the background either as no light will be able to get to it. If you enjoy doing these sort of photos you could even create a purpose-built set up that could be used again and again for indoor still life shots.

If you have to position your camera/background so some of the window creeps in at the top don't worry; you can crop it out later when you get your image onto the computer. 

 

3. Shutter Speeds & F-Stops 

When holding the flower take care with your shutter speed as going too slow will result in shake and as you're working with direct light, going too slow will leave you with a shot that's over-exposed. Don't use a too wider aperture as the petals towards the front and back of the image will start to lose focus. Try starting with f/8 and reduce/increase from there.

 

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