CREATIVE FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY – In-Camera Multiple Exposure Flowers

In his latest video tutorial, Ray Scott takes you through all the steps necessary to create stunning photos of multiple exposed flowers. all of this is done in-camera so anyone with a relatively modern camera can take this kind of amazing image. you can take as an example 2 different images and combine them in-camera for a unique look. Or perhaps 3 or more combined photos for wild and somewhat crazy results. The choice as always is up to the photographer. Shutter speeds, aperture and iso do come into play as well.

When in studio or in the field Ray uses Canon gear. This is a choice he made years ago knowing that he was buying into a system that he could grow into. His go to camera is the Canon EOS 6D with the second camera being a Canon 5D. Lenses used are all L series f/4 except for the 100mm macro f/2.8L lens. They are the 16-35mm f/4L wide angle, 24-105mm f/4 walk around and the 70-200mm f/4L medium telephoto. These lenses round out the kit which is carried about with either a Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 messenger bag for city shooting or a Lowepro Sling Bag for landscape field work. While Ray does more camera handholding than before due to the image stabilization capabilities of his various lenses, he still is a believer in using his Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod. It’s light and it is sturdy. In studio Ray now uses Westcott constant lighting for good clean balanced lighting.

Ray is a firm believer in exposing himself to as much photography and its history as possible. By looking at other people’s photos, he has gained a big appreciation of what this medium has to offer. Ray doesn’t think that “copying” someone else’s style is a good thing but rather feels that exposing oneself to others work can work as a teaching and inspirational tool. With this in mind, Ray has amassed a list of favorite photographers that he uses for inspiration. Some of these artistic photographers are Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Freeman Patterson, William Neill and Richard Avedon.

One of the playlists on this channel is called “neighbourhood photographer” which covers tutorials shot in urban and suburban areas. It’s always a challenge to see different things of interest when you’ve been to an area many times yet this is the best way to create good images. You need to return to familiar locations many times. To do so, Ray often drives by car to an area but when he really wants to cover ground yet see things more clearly, he uses his bicycle…bike…and explores the given place.

Whether shooting landscape, macro, portrait or abstract images, Ray always tries to be aware of his surroundings to capture the best pictures possible. Part of this workflow means he is very aware of composition and uses various tips, such as the rule of thirds, as a good starting point in composing. He also likes to break rules from time to time to add new effects to his photos. Being aware of angles, shadows, shapes, lines, textures, patterns and colours goes a long way to making good pictures. He is also a big believer in “getting out there” and shooting as much as possible as it is the only way to improve and flex one’s imagination. His message is it doesn’t matter if you do your photography in the city, suburbs country, mountains or by the sea, just make sure you do it and follow your artistic passion.

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  1. Louise Vincent on September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Wow, wonderful idea! I remember having done double exposures wayyyyy back with argentic, but it never came to mind to try it now with numeric! Love your soft colours and definitely a fan of your videos and suggestions!

  2. Jean-Paul Escalera on September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Hello Ray! I have been watched several of your videos and I am amazed at your creativity and your simple explanations of how you make such beautiful pictures! Thanks for another great video!

  3. Graham Payne on September 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    As always very nice. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  4. Shirley0850 on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I love doing ME in camera. Thanks for the compositional tips, they are very helpful. Thanks for making this video.

  5. Sandy V on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Excellent ideas, can’t wait to try them.

  6. Mountain Drew on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Ray, your videos always stoke my creativity and bring a richer perspective to my approach in photography. Thank you.

  7. Rajesh Thakur on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Awesome , learn lots thanks

  8. Mark Harris on September 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    As always a brilliant inspiring video, with gorgeous images. An interesting way of using multiple exposures which of course I’m going to try. I’m off to Scotland today for a week, I’ll attempt it with some of the wild autumnal flowers whilst I’m up there. I’m getting into flower photography and they lend themselves to my different types of photography, landscape, macro, multiple exposures and intentional camera movement.

    I’m not taking my Bronica this time, just a couple of Canon digital bodies and my 35mm Zorki 4K, But I don’t know if you’ve seen Tim Layton’s channel. He uses very large large format cameras and gets incredibly beautiful and large prints, usually of flowers.

    Hope you’re OK, and have a great week.

  9. yujin landscape photography. on September 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Love your video, this is great tutorial. Thank for your sharing video. sir.

  10. David Dowson on September 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    hi ray Excellent well done have a good day.thanks

  11. Martin Wedge on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Love your videos. All ways something interesting. Thanks M

  12. Positive Ageing on September 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Ray. This is something I never tried and with winter fast approaching then Im sure to get a lot of practice. Thanks again for sharing your ideas.

  13. Colin -47 on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Great stuff, I was looking for fresh ideas and came across this. Love your presentation style too. Thank’s for the inspiration.

  14. ACID SNOW on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    i love multiple exposures
    there is just something so beautiful and simple about them 🙂
    thanks for sharing this with us
    really enjoyed watching this

  15. Rick puff1 on September 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    How lucky is that to be the first witness of greatness. As always thanks for sharing your great work sir.

  16. Yitzchal Levi on September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Love your humility and gracious attitude… as well as your excellent suggestions to explore! Thank you.

  17. Valerie Hollifield on September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    I sure wish I had known how to do this when all my day lilies were blooming!

  18. Asgaraly Louloua on September 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    I love ur videos, i am trying not not miss them ; thanks for those tips

  19. Joan Ouellette on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Now that summer is officially here, the flowers blooming and after seeing yet again another inspiring film, Ray, I went out and tried my hand at multiple exposure with my Panasonic camera and finally after a number of failures, I got one I am proud of…wow, what fun trying though and it’s all thanks to you, Ray. Thanks again for all your inspiring videos. Sometimes we all need a kick in the butt to get going ha ha.

  20. Stacy Hungerford on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    oh what is the LCD

  21. Dinorah Capota on September 23, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks so much for this enlightening video. I tried ME this passed weekend and I wished that I have seen this video prior to my adventure with ME since I used the viewer instead of live view. The results were not what I had envision. Thanks again for this video.

  22. Aruna Ram Kumar on September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I use a Canon and use manual settings…how did I not notice this before? Could you tell what the ‘additive ‘ function does…or probably make another video for it Ray? Thanks. Much appreciated

  23. old patch on September 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    combining a portrait of a loved one positioned amid a multi image capture of flowers as a surround can be fun too – many thanks Ray another great contribution on the joys of photography.

  24. Kirti Patel on September 23, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    U. Always. Good. Thanks

  25. Joanna Wong on September 23, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Hi Ray. Your videos are great and gave me so much inspiration. But I have this issue when doing multiple exposure images, hope you can give me some tips. When I do multiple exposures, I always find the final photo to have everything transparent. How can I keep a selected subject solid?

  26. cii1072 on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas.

  27. Michelle Cox Photography on September 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Love multiple exposure images. Gorgeous!

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