Flower Photography Tips for Beginners: Dramatic B&W Using Off Camera Flash ep.151

Here are some flower photography tips to really make your b&w photos pop using an off-camera flash. Featuring the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II.

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  1. Jakob Hovman on September 23, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Excellent tutorial vlog…"tlog"…!  Nice to see you working…and your B&W workflow. Images are Good translations of spring…!

  2. RICHARD GALIDO on September 23, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks Rob for this tute. i have OMD-3 but I guess the settings are just similar. Ill check out later.

  3. robert leckie on September 23, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Does this trigger combo work in ttl mode?

  4. Thayne Tuason on September 23, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the lessons Rob. My typical problem is that I have too shallow of a depth of field on flower closeups handheld, and this method is great since your f-stop is so high and can still hand hold with the additional light. I still like to shoot the habitat (background) with my native plants, but I will definitely give this a try too.

  5. 8-bit Ed on September 23, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    What l bracket do you have for the em10? Very nice guide…

  6. Kent Goodwin on September 23, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Another great video. Hope your taxes are done and ended up well.

  7. Shawnie Lamborn DC on September 23, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Grand tutorial Rob. I’m goin out to the garden now to try out what I’ve learned! Thank you so much

  8. Слава Савченко on September 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you, Rob! The video with Olympus is my favorit theme. Keep filming!

  9. Leptospirosi on September 23, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I’m a Completely flash-noob: everyting I see here is like new to me, but somehow you managed for the tutorial to make sense for me.

  10. Vlad Tepes on September 23, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    The flowers are daffodils.

  11. Mike Colley on September 23, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    You make me want to get out there and take photos

  12. Rob Trek on September 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm

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  13. John Mac on September 23, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Nice video Rob you make them so easy to understand. I have the Olympus OMD-5mkii use mainly for street photography and I’m thinking of getting the OMD-1mkii, I do like the pro-capture. I shoot sport and although I’m not getting the 1mkii for sport it would be good to use sometimes along side my Nikon D500 for horse trials and for video providing it’s good lighting . What is the highest ISO you found to be good quality images I have read not to go above ISO 1600 I may have to use a higher shutter speed when using 1/1000 sec or above when the lighting becomes dim/cloudy. Also have you found there is any lag in AF continuous mode? I heard there is but can be reduced if you change to slower frame rate?

  14. Stuart Reece on September 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I think you’ve inspired me to give this a go when I get a few more flowers in the garden.

  15. Bob Valder on September 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Daffodils are our national symbol here in Wales, they are everywhere at the moment 😉

  16. Peter Forsgård on September 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Great tips Rob! It seems that the weather was not the best! Hope your gear was ok after being wet because of the rain?

  17. Arthur R McPhee on September 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Very inspiring Rob, your accompanying instagram photo’s look great!

  18. Oyeleye Olalekan on September 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks for these tutorials

    Please can you make one about on camera flash

  19. Lars Kiel on September 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm


  20. Flyfishnfoto on September 23, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Rob enjoyed the video of the daffodils and instructions for the flash.

  21. raizen82 on September 23, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    wow, thanks for a very informative video! i’ve learned quite a lot from just this short vid.

  22. Paul Chan on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you for your presentations. Looove the light and shots!

  23. robert leckie on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Rob, what did u use to trigger the flash?

  24. Gill Brown on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Rob thanks so much, this has really helped. Only thing is here in Oz the ambient light is so bright to crush it I had to go to F22, then I cannot see anything in my viewfinder to lock onto.Should i up the screen brightness or drop the aperture. Thanks in advance

  25. Viktor Gartner on September 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Rob the botanist – "These yellow flowers with green stems" haha 😄

  26. Kennynva on September 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Looking at getting a e-m10…and new to mirrorless…what is the difference from the e-m10 and the e-m10 mark ii?

  27. Alan Platt on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Taking the novice natural light photographer a step further into the world of different light. Nice job.

  28. michael hawkins on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    A realy wonderful tutorial, with hands on guidance demonstrated in your relaxed way, that achieved great photographs, realy terrific. And tips on portable comfort to, I am still still smiling, due to your great content. Your help I very much appreciate and as always hope it continues. Thank you Rob.

  29. Ton Nugent on September 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for another excellent and interesting tutorial. I followed all the settings as you mentioned (except shadows, as I have mk lll and fn2 is not shadows and I am unsure where to find it) and the photos pretty much came out to a very good interesting standard., However, where the background is black the flower and leaves etc kept their colour. I wonder if you can advise, as i did set to Monochrome?

    Thanks very much.

  30. Rob P on September 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Awesome Rob! Most of the times I would do something like that in post processing of turning a photo black and white but you really got my attention. I really want to go out right now and do exactly what you showed. Great video!

  31. Gill Brown on September 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks Rob , ive been playing with this too, you have explained it so well and the speedlight settings, what trigger are you using a Hahnel?

  32. Noealz - Rain Photographer on September 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    im actually pretty horrible when it comes to shooting and editing flowers

  33. AerialLensVideo on September 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Great information — glad to see you back!
    Here is the DUMBEST QUESTION you will get (my apologies): When putting in the F2 curve settings for highlights and shadows, is that ONLY FOR JPG output? That is, does that have any effect on capturing Raw pictures?

  34. frederikboving on September 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Great video! Really useful! Could be good to hear how the settings on your camera can be obtained in post (I am a Nikon/Sony shooter) as I don’t know how to replicate with my camera. But as said, a really useful video and settings carefully explained. Thank you! (you deserve have many more subs IMO). Oh, and btw: I think those yellow things with a green stem are daffodils, but then again, I’m a guy and that is waaay out of my comfort zone.

  35. Srulio on September 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Yellow flowers with green stems… daffodils?

  36. Libor Krupica on September 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Hello Rob, what is the remote trigger …. Thanks
    Great tutorial as always.

  37. Smiff on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Very informative as usual Rob. I am learning so much from you so thank you for sharing

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