04 Shoot creative flower portraits
Why not buy a range of exotic blooms and try a more contemporary flower photography approach in your own home?
Professional flower photographer Andy Small has built a successful business producing fresh, fine-art floral images, and his technique is simple.
“My images are shot using natural backlight, with white card acting as a reflector to lighten up the shadows. If you’re looking to shoot more contemporary and fine-art images, keep the photo composition clean and graphic – not cluttered with distractions.”
Although you don’t have to use a macro lens (many zooms will focus close enough to give you near frame-filling images with large plants), these specialist optics are optimised for close-ups and will give sharp results.
Use a tripod, a remote release and low ISO setting to make the most of their potential quality.
Get started today…
* Buy a range of A4 and A3 coloured card and use this to provide contrasting backdrops.
* Plain white card or wrinkled kitchen foil make cheap reflectors.
* Set up your macro home studio near a window, and wait for bright overcast days.
* Use Live View’s magnification feature and manual focus the lens for sharp pictures.
* Shoot in raw and experiment with colour treatments in Photoshop.
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