How To Improve Your Flower Photography 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.

Equipment used in this video:
Canon 80D
Canon 24-70
Canon 100mm macro lens
Canon 580 Flash
Induro Tripod:
Flash Bracket
NPT-04 Wireless Triggers
Fotodiox Mini Light box
18″x18″ light box
Medium Light Stand

Table of Contents for this Video:
Gear for flash photography 1:08
The Flash Setup 3:25
Lenses for Flower Photography: 5:38
Taking Test Photos 7:06
When You Need a Larger Light Box 8:57
Heading to River to Photograph Lupine in the Field 10:40
The Final Photo 16.23

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  1. Rose C on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    I just found your You Tube channel. This is exactly what I have been looking for. You have really helped me so much. Thank you. New subscriber here!

  2. Hanapepe on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Well done Charlie! That is digging way, waaaaaay back in my memory on all of that!

  3. Fotodiox Inc on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Some nice tips! Cool video

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