Photographing flowers and blossoms at home

You can photograph flowers and blossoms at home with modest equipment. But with a macro lens you can get very close. I’ll show you how you can set flowers and blossoms in scene at home – in cold or bad weather.

Picture from druckaufleinwand

Photographing flowers at home

Time to take pictures – but bad weather? Bring the flowers and blossoms into your house and photograph your desired motifs in peace! I’ll show you some motive ideas.

Material and camera settings

For the necessary material and tips on camera settings, please read the article Realizing a photo project at home. Tips and tricks especially for close-up and macro photography can be found in art galleries.

Rose with dew drops

In this picture of the rose, his colleague knocked on the door by chance: A beautiful bouquet with a perfect rose came into the house. With a water sprayer I transformed the rose blossom into a magic work. I photographed with the macro lens on the tripod and the lowest ISO value. The depth of field for Marko shots is very small, sometimes only a few millimeters. The picture was taken from several single shots with different focal planes. With the program Helicon Focus I selected the images with the middle focal plane and had the image put together.

Bad weather photo

It was a gloomy day in winter. I got a small bouquet in the flower shop and experimented at home only with the sparse daylight various motives. I like this picture very much because the orange blossom looks into the picture from below right in front of a neutral background. I put the flower in a water bottle, hung a white paper on a chair and snapped the picture with tripod, mirror lock up and remote release. So I could take pictures with f/16 even in bad light conditions and extended the shutter speed to 3 seconds.

Reflections on the glass table or the tablet screen

For this photo I put the rose on the clean glass table. Under the glass plate I glued black paper to prevent the carpet from shimmering through from below. Over and around the rose I built a tent with black paper sheets, so that no external light reflections were to be seen on the mirror plate. The light in the room was very dim in the evening. With tripod, lowest ISO value and remote shutter release I exposed the picture for 30s with aperture f/13. A small reflex, which I had overlooked, I retouched away with Lightroom.

No wind at all in the apartment

I found the blossom during a photo tour. Since the wind was blowing too strong, I could not think of a reasonable outdoor photo. I took the flower home, put it in a small vase in front of a suitable paper background. You can also spray the flower with a water spray and imitate the magic of the early morning. Even if you dazzle with the macro lens, you won’t get a full depth of field when building such a flower.

Either the middle part or the leaves are sharp. The Helicon Focus program can help. You take several pictures with different focus levels and put them together with the program. The image is created from six different focal planes.

Gone with the Wind – a Light Fruit

With this motif not only the photographer, but also the camera equipment reaches its limits. The flying seed is so light that only the slightest air movement is enough for it to leave its allocated place on the black glass of the TV table. The contrast range of the motif fully exploits the possibilities of the Nikon D7000. Tripod is essential, as are mirror lock up and remote shutter release. I could only find the correct focus point with the magnifying glass in Live View mode. That’s why I took several pictures with a slightly different focal plane and could only select the optimal image on the laptop screen because of the fine structure.

Alienate flower images with zoom effect

Another great thing is experimenting with a zoom lens. For this we take the flower from the 2nd image, align it in front of a white background towards the camera and mount the zoom lens Nikkor 18-105mm. Take the camera on the tripod and adjust the distance so that the flower is still completely displayed when the lens is zoomed.

Now focus on the flower and select a small aperture and a slightly slower shutter speed. While the shutter is being released, turn the zoom ring. You won’t be able to take your first picture right away. It takes some practice and experimentation.

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