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  1. ifi

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    Hi, I am to take some indoor Flowers Arrangements photographs. Looking for tips on exposure, lighting, and recommendation on lens.

    I am thinking of using my Sigma 50mm 1.4 and Speedlight with built-in diffuser.

    Thanks :)
     
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    That's not a lot of information.

    Use spot metering to set the exposure, using the speedlight on the camera will make the lighting quite flat and there will be hard shadows. The diffuser will just scatter light all over making it harder to control and eating light power.

    Knowing the camera and speedlight model you will be iusing would help to make other lighting recommendations, since getting the speedlight off the camera would be very useful.

    For example many Nikon cameras and speedlights have a built-in, off camera speedlight triggering system called CLS.
     
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    Thank you for the response.

    I will be using a Canon 7d and Canon 580EX II. 7d has a built-in system to trigger off-camera speedlight. I have a second speedlight that can be used as well if required.

    I am open to rent/purchase anything that might help.

    PS: I am not getting paid for this :)
     
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    Seems like no one wants to share their techniques :)
     
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    Have you considered using natural daylight? you don't need much with a longer exposure and tripod worse case scenario. Color correct it and you're all set.

    If you're looking to use the flash, I would bounce it off a nearby wall to soften it up. It likely won't look good aimed straight at the flowers, IMO. I have used that flash and it's effective when used correctly.

    Just experiment.
     
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    Thank you for the response. You are right, all the tools including flash are effective when used right :)

    It's an indoor shoot, the reason I am planning to use 50mm 1.4 is so that I can easily use ambient light. I have no choice but to experiment. I might take some shots using wide angle as well.
     
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    You should link to some images you like and we can all figure out the lighting used. : )
     
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    I don't think you are allowed to embed the images in your posting unless you have permission from the copyright holder. You should just pick a few you really like and just copy and paste the links in your message.

    But I think most of the images you have selected are snap shots of flowers and not really very refined images (there are a few exceptions). The video link you posted is far more interesting than any of the reference images imo.
     
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    Yeah, you are right, this is all I could find on-line that was not too much staged.
     
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