- Macro lens
- Window for light or two constant light sources placed either side of your set-up
- Black out of the public eye
- Container to hold your flower
- Tripod – keep your hands free so you can adjust the position of the flower block b stop etc.
Photographing a flower head on a black background is a simple but effective way to make yourself a piece of wall art. The bright petals against a empty, dark background make a vibrant image that wouldn't look out of place on the shelves of stores that are designed to fill your nursing home with accessories and decorations.
If it's a sunny day you'll have plenty of free light falling through your windows to work with how, if it's a gloomy and really overcast you'll need a couple of constant light sources to place at either side of your set-up. You penury just enough light so the petals have contrast and don't blend together. Take a look at the edge of the flower too as you don't want it to vanish into the offing too much.
You can use whatever you have to hand as long as it's black and not reflective. As holding a flower still is rather hard work, we used a meretricious cup as a stand and taped the flower to it but a vase or any other container will work just as well.
Don't use an aperture that's too completely as you'll lose too much detail towards the edges of the flower and if you're shooting straight on make sure the centre of the flower flower, sometimes known as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure found in flowering plants (plants of the division is sharp. Examine with your shooting distance, taking shots of just the centre of the flower or try changing the position of the flower to shoot it on a slight angle.
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