How to set up your pictures of flowers: steps 4-6
It can be tricky to get the focusing right, and the best option is to set your lens to AF, and make sure the central AF point is locking on to the most prominent flowers in the centre of the frame.
You also need to make sure that your lens is far enough away from the flowers – if you’re inside the lens’ minimum focusing distance it won’t be able to achieve focus.
To light our shot we set our flashgun to Manual, and set it to fire at 1/32 power; we kept the power low as the subject was very close, and we didn’t want to bleach out the colours and blow the highlights.
If your pictures of flowers are too dark or too bright you can increase or reduce the flash power.
If you’re using your pop-up flash, note that not all camera models allow you to use Manual flash mode; if this is the case, shoot in E-TTL mode, and use Flash Exposure Compensation to fine-tune the flash power.
06 How low can you go?
Once you’re set up, place your camera on the ground with the lens pointing upwards into the flowers. If you have a Vari-Angle LCD, use it to help you compose your pictures of flowers.
If you don’t, you’ll need to shoot your pictures of flowers blind, and keep checking the results.
If your camera is in an awkward position, use a remote control to fire the shutter. Take lots of shots, and keep tweaking the position of the flowers to get a good selection of images; try to fill the frame evenly, and include a variety of colours.
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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