Saturday, May 4, 2013

Peach Tree Flower Macro Shots

It is finally spring, but it is more like summer here in the SF Bay Area. Anyways, spring is a wonderful time for flower photos as they are starting to grow and bloom. Today I have photos of some flowers growing on my peach tree to show you. All of these photos were taken in my back yard with the help of my Kenko Extension Tubes and my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT. I will also be telling you a bit on how I took these photos so hopefully you can get a few tips from them too. 

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my macro photos for 2013, use this link. To see my best flower photos in 2013 from the US, use this link. To see all of my 2013 at home and backyard photography photos, use this link.

Photography Tip: For all of these shots I did put my flash on a light stand (well mine is a cheapo tripod) because I didn't have an assistant to hold it for me and I used an off camera sync cable to tether the flash to the camera.

Photography Tip: See how these photos have a black background? This is achieved by under exposing the shot and turning up the power on your flash. Light fall off from your flash is very fast so the flower is the only thing lit in the photo. As long as you have a flash, you want to set your camera up in Manual mode. Since any movement with a macro shot will cause motion blur in your image, you want to control the light, and use a speed up to your camera's sync speed with your flash. This speed is usually 1/200 second or 1/250 second. Don't worry about under exposing your photo as your flash is very strong. Make sure you do use a light modifier such as a soft box to soften the light from your flash, and keep the flash as close as possible to the subject. If the image appears under exposed, just turn up your flash power or adjust the flash exposure compensation in your camera's menu.

A photo of a flower bulb

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