Flower Lighting with Wireless Flash

How To Improve Your Flower Photography with Wireless Flash Dramatically improve your flower photography by adding light from a wireless flash. If you photograph flowers, you can make them standout by adding light from a wireless flash. While it is not difficult to photograph flowers, like all outdoor nature photography, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and that means we don’t always get the light we want. You can this solve this problem by using wireless off camera flash. It can in many cases dramatically improve your photography. When I know I am photographing wildflowers I will take my Canon 580EXII and the NPT-04 radio triggers and the Fotodiox mini light box to soften the light on flowers. Also, several light stands for multi-flash setups. My strategy for lighting flowers is I want it to look REAL and not flashed because contrast looks really ugly. I usually use a 100mm macro lens for smaller flowers but today I am using a 28-70mm lens because these flowers are so big. I have set my aperture to f/5.6. and my ISO is 100. The last thing is when you have a grouping of flowers instead this little mini light box won’t cover it. The solution is a larger lightbox like this 18×18 inch one. I am holding the light box over the flowers and the additional light brightened up these foreground flowers nicely. On this final photo I darkened the background by changing the shutter speed from 1 second to 1/4 second and that makes the foreground flowers stand out nicely.

 

Charlie Teaches:

How to be a Professional Outdoor & Nature Photographer

Wireless Flash Techniques for Outdoor & Nature Photographers

The Ultimate Guide to Landscape & Nature Photography

Mastering Photography for Architecture & Real Estate

Commercial Photography

Stacking Layers in Photoshop

One of the amazing things about Photoshop is the ability to combine or composite multiple different exposures that result in a much more detailed photograph that cannot be captured in a single frame. In some cases, the images being composited need to be in perfect registration or alignment for this process to work, so you must keep your camera steady and do not move it while capturing all the frames needed for the final image. Once open in Photoshop, the layers need to be stacked in a manner that maintains that alignment and this video demonstrates a simple way to do that. While there are many ways to stack layers in Photoshop, this simple technique is one of several methods. -Charlie Borland

Charlie Teaches:

How to be a Professional Outdoor & Nature Photographer

Wireless Flash Techniques for Outdoor & Nature Photographers

The Ultimate Guide to Landscape & Nature Photography

Mastering Photography for Architecture & Real Estate

Commercial Photography

Successful Stock Photos

It’s well known in the business of stock photography, that photographs of news worthy subjects sell and sometimes very well. It’s important for outdoor photographers to create images the markets will want.

Paparazzi’s for example, have been known to make a fortune capturing images of celebrities in ‘news making’ situations. With some foresight and good ideas, so can nature photographers.

Many Outdoor photographers shoot a variety of subjects that have to do with the outdoors, nature, and how humans interact with the outdoors, but often they lack that news making ingredient. Many of those images often languish waiting for a buyer, if there ever is one. There is already a huge glut in superb imagery of most outdoor subjects.

Taking note of what’s in the news related to anything outdoors such as nature, the environment, and even the politics surrounding all of it, can be quite profitable. So if you are wondering what to shoot here is one idea that I believe would do well in todays markets: Global Warming and I am going to show one image I created in just a moment.

There is really nothing new here when shooting stock photos of concepts. It’s just the times have changed some. My stock agents suggested 25 years ago that we shoot ‘pollution’ and ‘green’ and the ‘environment’ so as I ventured across the lower 48 in my pickup camper for two years where I photographed the parks and scenery, I also captured the smokestacks, river pollution, livestock feed lots, and anything I could put in front of the camera that said ‘pollution’ and ‘environment.’

Charlie Borland has been a professional photographer for over to 30 years. Based in Oregon, he shoots both locally and nationally for a wide range of corporate, advertising, and editorial clients. He has won numerous awards for his photography and for 7 years in a row he received recognition and awards for annual reports he has photographed.

Charlie has also been actively involved in shooting and selling stock photography throughout his career and operated a stock photo agency for 8 years before merging with Definitive/FPG and later Getty Images.

His stock, nature, and adventure imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide, including over 1000 calendar credits: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, and many more. Charlie shares his knowledge through various editorial articles in Outdoor Photographer, Pro Nature Photographer, Currents Magazine, Digital Photography School, and more. He teaches workshops and classes where he is an enthusiastic instructor and leader whose passion and experience for outdoor and stock photography leave many inspired and highly motivated.

-Charlie Borland

Charlie Teaches:

How to be a Professional Outdoor & Nature Photographer

Wireless Flash Techniques for Outdoor & Nature Photographers

The Ultimate Guide to Landscape & Nature Photography

Mastering Photography for Architecture & Real Estate

Commercial Photography

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