CAPTURE THE BLOOMING DETAIL
Use coloured card and a desk lamp to create colourful indoor florals
Spring is still around the corner, but that’s no reason to prevent you from shooting fantastic florals crammed full of colour and detail. This project is perfect for a glum, rainy day and can be created on your kitchen table with just a handful of basic props. It’ll help you fine-tune your skills with regard to depth of field control, manual focusing and staying free of camera shake, and you’ll be sure to capture some top-notch shots in the process!
All you need is a flower in a small vase, a sheet of colourful card or fabric, a desk lamp, a tripod and your camera. Set up in a suitable indoor space and angle your desk lamp so the light comes from one side at a 45º angle to produce a contrast that picks out the bloom’s detail.
1 Use Aperture priority mode to control detail
Select Aperture priority (A or Av on the mode dial) and dial in a value of f/18 to create a large depth of field to hold detail sharp; your camera will set the shutter speed. Set your ISO to its lowest setting for maxium image quality.
2 Keep sharp and steady with a tripod
To avoid camera shake, use a tripod to keep your camera stable during the exposure. Turn off any Image Stabilisation systems your lens or camera has as they’ll be counterproductive.
3 Focus up using Live View and then shoot!
Set your lens to Manual focus using the switch on the barrel, and select Live View. Zoom in tight using the magnification buttons and rotate the focus ring to set the focal point. Set a 2sec self-timer and take the shot.
Placing some brightly coloured card under the flower, then lighting it with a desk lamp makes it easy to create vibrant shots like this.