Macro flower photography, when done correctly, can be incredibly eye-catching. In this live show, Karl demonstrates how to create fine-art flower photography and how you can achieve stunning results using studio lights or speedlites.
Creating two different images (including a burning rose!), Karl demonstrates several different lighting setups and techniques, including how to combine multiple flashes during a long exposure.
In the first demonstration, you’ll learn how to create rim lighting, control flare and enhance shape and form. Karl also demonstrates how to create a ‘halo’ effect by changing the focus of the shot during the exposure. Additionally, you’ll see how a speedlite can be modified to create a similar effect to picolites.
The second shot demonstrated the inverse square law and how we can use this principle to change the mood of an image as Karl used a simple one-light setup to capture a lovely moody shot of a white rose on a dark background. For this setup, you’ll see how using mirrors can add additional light, and how to easily control light on the background without changing your lights. Karl then further simplified this shot by demonstrating how to use one speedlite during a long exposure to create beautiful patches of light.
Topics covered in this show include:
- Creative flower photography ideas
- Lighting setups for still life photography
- How to enhance shape and form
- Creative long exposure ideas
- Understanding the inverse square law
- Speedlite lighting setups for still life photography
- How to reduce flare in an image
- Using coloured gels for creative effect
- How to photograph flames
Links to the pages Karl showed at the start of the show can be found below:
If you have any questions about this show, please post in the comment section below.