SHOOT A COLOURFUL FLORAL IMAGE
A fun, easy project to work on from the comfort of a home setup
SIMPLE PROPS Gather a variety of bold flowers and some brightly coloured paper for the background. Clamps are also handy for holding subjects in position.
COLOUR COMBOS Hold the paper behind the flowers to see what combinations work. Keep colour theory in mind – here purple complemented the yellow flowers.
DSLR SETUP In aperture priority mode, set an aperture of around f8 and ISO of 100. Tweak these settings depending on the ambient light. Shoot in RAW mode.
LOCATION Shoot your subjects near a large window if possible. If you have brightly painted walls, ensure these aren’t casting a strong colour onto your subjects.
FILL THE FRAME Use a mid-zoom lens for speedy recomposition and aim to fill the frame with the paper. You might need a tripod to avoid camera shake in low light.
LOOK IN NATURE You can find plenty of examples of complementary colours together, such as red flowers in a green field. Compose the frame to include these.
ADD CONTRAST colours that are opposite on a colour wheel create an energetic and vibrant frame. this shot contains two pairs of complementary colours, from the flowers and the paper