How to set up your pictures of flowers: steps 1-3
Capturing your flower photos will involve a little trial and error, but getting key settings right will help you achieve great results.
You can set up your shoot in your garden if you’ve got some colourful flowers, or head down to the local park, or, if it’s easier, buy some flowers.
We bought a mixed bunch from a florist, including a selection of tulips and hyacinths. For the best results you want a variety of flowers of different heights and colours; try to find some that droop forward too, so they’ll fall over the lens.
02 Wide-angle lens
For our shoot we used the wide-angle Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens on an EOS 5D Mk III. You could also use a fisheye lens, for an even more abstract distorted effect.
For the majority of shots we had the lens set between 16mm and 20mm; at these wide angles you’ll need to make sure you’re out of the frame, so it’s best to duck out the way when firing the shutter.
03 Camera settings
Set your camera to Manual mode, and set the ISO to 100 for smooth, noise-free images. Set the shutter speed to 1/200 sec to sync with your flash.
We set the aperture to f/6.3, which kept most of our flowers sharp: it doesn’t matter if a few flowers at the edges are blurred, but you do want all the central ones to be sharp.
PAGE 1: Composing pictures of flowers from the ground up
PAGE 2: How to set up your pictures of flowers – steps 1-3
PAGE 3: How to set up your pictures of flowers – steps 4-6
PAGE 4: How to edit your pictures of flowers – adjusting colour and composition
PAGE 5: How to edit your pictures of flowers – adding the new backdrop
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