FINDING GREAT LIGHT
So were the orchids photographed in a studio? Some fancy schmancy set up?
If you’ve got a garage, with a door, you might have yourself a sweet little place to photograph. Flowers. People. Jewelry.
The first image was front lit. Just means light was coming in facing the subject. And in this case, through the open garage door. The key is not have your subject in direct sun coming in the door. So you back up your subject into the garage until they no longer have harsh direct sun on them.
BEHIND THE CAMERA
For this one I also used some cheap black foam core that I bought at a craft or office supply store, and used black tape to create a “v” with two sheets of foam core. (Just make sure it will fit in your car! You might have to trim some if it’s too tall.) This formed the background.
Did you wonder why there’s a clothes pin hanging from the orchid’s leaf? I always have a couple of these in my camera bag. They gently hold leaves, flowers, etc out of the way without hurting them. Often I’m in someone else’s garden, so I can’t be tearing off leaves. And in this case, I certainly wasn’t going to rip the orchid’s leaf off! But the leaf was practically sticking straight up. The weight of the clothes pin was just enough to weigh the leaf down and keep it out of the way of the flower.
The wood stool was in the same location for both images. Here you can see that I have the orchid just back enough in the garage that it isn’t getting light from all sides, just from the light coming in from the open door. Granted I ended up with an overcast day to soften the light. But if you notice the harsh shadow under my car, and the lack of a harsh shadow under the wood stool…this is the advantage to being in the garage—no harsh shadow!
And there’s no reason why you can’t use your cell phone camera the same way. Light is light, and the better you can mold it to your needs, the better your images will be!
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