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Tamron Blog: Indoor Flower Photography

Tamron Blog: Indoor Flower Photography  - When photographing flowers indoors, you don't need a fancy set-up and overly expensive equipment to capture cracking results.

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Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO in Flowers and Plants

1/100 sec | f/5.6 | 60.0 mm | ISO 640


When you think of flower photography you probably have visions of a warm summer's day, bees buzzing around and a garden full of colourful blooms waiting to be photographed but actually, you can capture just as good images indoors on a wintery morning. 

The Peace Lily above was captured by Rick with the trusty Tamron 16-300mm lens in his dining room, near a window where the muted natural light could be put to good use. It's worth noting that when working indoors with natural light, don't set up too close to windows as even on cloudy days, direct light can be too harsh. If room is an issue where you're setting up, try diffusing the light with tissue paper or something similar which can be stuck to the window.  

It's always a good idea to use a tripod and a remote release if you have one to prevent shake but light levels may allow you to work hand-held, fire off a test shot and see. 

As Rick's done here, it's always worth seeking out a plain background so it doesn't distract from the flower. A wall was used for this shot but material draped on the back of a chair will work just as well. In fact, in a tutorial where Peace Lillies were used to create arty style floral images, a black fleece was used as a background which goes to show just about anything works. Just think 'minimalism' and you won't go far wrong. 

Once set up, it's important that you spend some time turning the flower and adjust the positioning while looking through the viewfinder or at your camera's screen. Look from above, from underneath, the front, the back, the edge – there’s usually one angle that suddenly stands out and is 'the one' that you should shoot. 

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