The still life photographers’ guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographers' guide to lighting: 4 techniques, 4 different effects

The still life photographer’s guide to lighting flowers

The still life photographer's guide to lighting flowers

Place the vase of flowers close to a wall but leave enough space to position a lamp to create the backlighting.

On the wall, tape a piece of A2-size coloured paper that complements the flowers, and make sure it covers the full frame of what you see through the viewfinder.

Now place the first lamp behind the flowers pointing up and slightly towards the paper. For the main lighting place the second lamp in front of the flowers just off to one side.

Kit needed
■ Kit lens (18-105mm) ■ 2 x desk lamps ■ 1 sheet of A2 coloured paper ■ Remote release

The still life photographer's guide to lighting flowers: setup

Two angle poise lamps will provide all the light you need for this simple set up.

With small apertures and long exposure times there are two essential pieces of kit that will help you to capture pin-sharp images every time.

The first is a remote release. These can cost as little as £10 and enable you to fire the shutter without touching the camera and introducing shake.

The second is a tripod. Any tripod will do, but the more solid it is the better!

PAGE 1: Essential gear for still life photographers
PAGE 2: The still life photographer’s guide to lighting flowers
PAGE 3: The still life photographer’s guide to lighting fruit
PAGE 4: The still life photographer’s guide to lighting eBay images
PAGE 5: The still life photographer’s guide to lighting stock photos

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