CAP­TURE THE BLOOM­ING DE­TAIL

Use coloured card and a desk lamp to cre­ate colour­ful in­door flo­rals

Digital Photo (UK) - - SHOOT IT NOW - TECH­NIQUE & PIC BY BEN DAVIS

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.

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