Flowers

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  1. motherlee

    motherlee TPF Noob!

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    I am going to be shooting a bouquet of flowers this week and was practicing today. I just used some fake flowers that were laying around, so they aren't pretty!

    Can I have some helpful critique on this shot? I think I need a slightly higher camera angle. The client specified that they want to see the vase, but mostly the flowers.

    I used a soft box above to the right, a flash at the background, my SB600 into an umbrella low on camera left and reflectors on the left side and low camera right. I realize that I really need more light on the background, but am limited to my two studio flashes and my BS 600.

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    Advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Leanne
     
  2. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    First off, unless the client specifies it, I would lose the white background. Depending on the colour of the flowers, black, or a contrasting jewel tone would be my preference. It's a little hard to offer too much advice without knowing more about what's required. I think you've got lots of light, but it's rather flat and boring. Maybe a snooted keylight at 45 deg camera right and a second light about 2 stops down camera left.
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You're not far off.

    What I'm seeing that troubles me is a focus issue. Did you focus on the blooms that are nearest the camera? It doesn't appear so. Try that.

    Your lighting scheme is OK. I'd aim the background light a bit lower so it hits right behind the flowers.

    White is a good choice. Placing a delicate subject onto a deep, heavy background may not work out. Keep it light and airy.

    -Pete
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Did you use a tripod because you were shooting at 1/20, you need to use a faster shutter speed to stop ambient light entering the shot
     
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    Flowers are beautiful forever. There are so many reasons depending on the colour of the flowers, black, or a contrasting jewel tone would be my preference. It's a little hard to offer too much advice without knowing more about what's required.
     

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