Creative Flower Macro Photography With Roses Pt.1 – MacroWorld

In this macro photography tips and tricks tutorial, Ray Scott uses roses as his creative photography canvas. Moving in close shows the smallest details of the beautiful flower petals as well as the incredible colour. Lighting also play a key role in highlighting the texture and contours of these amazing flowers.


Canon eos 6d camera
Canon 100mm macro f/2.8L IS USM lens
Canon Life-Size Converter EF
Kenko extension tube set (12mm, 20mm, 36mm)
Yongnuo Digital Macro Ring Lite YN14EX
Manfrotto macro focusing rail (Art 454)
Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod
Manfrotto table top tripod (492)

When in studio, Ray uses Westcott lighting to make sure everything is well lit.

Visual Art Photography…


  1. Gary Bennett on October 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    I’m enjoying this channel. I worked with some roses a week or so ago and they didn’t turn out as well. One thing I think I’m beginning to see is that it all doesn’t have to be 1:1 magnification. Moving back a bit, using focus stacking, and some lighting can produce some nice results. As far as lighting goes, have you used ring lighting, and are there any you’d recommend? I’d like to work with some flowers in the field and am wondering about that.

  2. Steve Loudon on October 3, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    You are inspirational. By the way I see you use a full frame camera. Have you ever used a crop sensor? If so, other than the field of view difference what would you say is the biggest difference? Thanks

  3. Neuro Saiens on October 3, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Ray!! As always, you are terrific at the way how you see things. All the compositions that you shot have an amazing beauty! I am inspired to shoot similar macro flowers soonest… And will do this with your original idea of Tulips! Pls let me know if I can share the same with you. (Oh, by the way I had recreated your "low key sugar sprinkle", but could not share)

    Eagerly awaiting the part 2 now.

    Enjoy the great weekend… Love from Nightless Lapland, Finland!

  4. Henry Bulger on October 3, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Great video Ray and want to say , You really get the mind seeing things differently. Once again thank you for sharing.

  5. Aileen LM on October 3, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    exactly what I needed. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Impostertot on October 3, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    What type of lighting did you have on camera left? Constant source LED? Would flash from strobe be too weak to use? Thanks for this presentation.

  7. Enrique on October 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Great ideas Ray (no mother-in-law jokes today LOL). Best photo (for me) was the last one with the black background (at about 5:02). Now I’m waiting for part 2. Have a great weekend.

  8. Randy Fraker on October 3, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    That’s just crazy good stuff Ray! Nice job.

  9. Peter Gulliver on October 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    You come up with really good ideas Ray. Thanks.

  10. Terry Smith on October 3, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Looking forward to part 2. Thanks Ray for sharing. Terry

  11. zena robinson on October 3, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    wow! great tutorial. (the one with the black background was a real weak-at-the-knees shot! fabulous!)

  12. dave cadwell on October 3, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I am wondering if you could comment on the Helicon Focus stacking system. I am looking into purchasing one in about 2 weeks, but I can not pretest it due to my location. Great videos. dave

  13. Mark Harris on October 3, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    The exceptionally shallow depth of field definitely got a positive reaction out loud. It all of them were gorgeous. These small studio setups are wonderful, and it’s amazing how much you can get out of them.

    I bought a Zenit-e with a Helios 44-2 58mm f2 lens, I bought it because of the swirling bokeh the lens is supposed to give. I’m on the lookout for some M39 screw in, no contacts, extension tubes. I’m thinking this is going to be my analogue macro camera and lens. I don’t want anything like macro filters, or anything that goes on the front of the glass.

    Another superb video Ray, thank you. I’m really enjoying this channel and looking forward to next week. I have a guess in my head about next week, and I’m thinking it could be something in post.

  14. Barry B on October 3, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Watched fork video and this one. Both have a strange "white noise" echo during the opening. Just fyi.

  15. Robert Falcon on October 3, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I’m just getting into Macro Flowers (as I can’t get out as much any more) Olympus OMD5 mk11 60mm Macro or my Nikon D7100 & 105 mm macro. So the next two flower Vlogs will be very useful.

  16. Lisa P on October 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    This is great! Looking forward to part 2!!

  17. Stephen Stevenson on October 3, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Hi Ray. So many beautiful images in this video. I can hardly wait for part 2. I have a couple of questions. How many images were stacked together for any of the images? Did you use a focusing rail or stack inside the camera?
    As always your work is so inspirational and thanks for sharing.

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  19. D Welker on October 3, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy seeing what suggestions you give to add interest to our photos.

  20. Jules Moyaert on October 3, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you, Ray!

  21. Eniot Neets on October 3, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    Very nice and especially good video Ray.
    A small question, do you ever think black and white macro.
    I am a black and white photographer, really with everything.
    But with macro I sometimes go to color, but I like shapes and structure more.
    Maybe an idea for a video ?????
    Greetings from the Netherlands.

  22. old patch on October 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Great shots, also wonderful processing. Brilliant light balance, really pleasing results Ray, thanks again for another thought provoking video.

  23. Noealz - Rain Photographer on October 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    lovely shots : )

  24. deck luck on October 3, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    The blue rose imagery is awesome. Have you ever been a spokesman for a product? I have seen an advertisement on television, and the gentleman speaking looks very much like you.

  25. William Charlesworth on October 3, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    As always your videos are chocked full of good ideas.

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