MacroWorld – Creative Flower Photography Tips & Tricks…Macro Photography Style

In this latest project, Ray Scott walks you around his garden with an eye on finding flower subjects that lend themselves well to macro photography. He suggests different apertures for various depth of field effects plus sometimes getting down low to show off the flowers in a different way.

Equipment…

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.

23 Comments

  1. elliot eisen on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Great stuff. It’s what I love to do in my garden.

  2. S.K.K. Earth on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    beautiful

  3. Lynn Johnson on September 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you, just loved the day lily shots. So inspiring. going to try this myself.

  4. Geoffrey McKay on September 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Hi Ray, thanks for a really instructive video. Did you use just the natural ambient lighting or did you add any lighting?

  5. Thomas Werts on September 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Great video Ray, I’m having a ball shooting macro. Keys, flowers, clockworks, screws what ever has some texture I’m going macro on it. thanks for the inspiration Ray

  6. Richard Coomber on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Inspirational as always. I’ve not been satisfied with my macro flowers but you’ve given me some ideas

  7. Eniot Neets on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Another great learning video Ray, great job.
    By the way, I like your shirt.
    My size is XXXL, let me know if you want my address to send it to.-:)-:)-:)
    Keep up the good work my friend, like the videos a lot.
    Greetings from The Netherlands.

  8. Peter Gulliver on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Excellent shots, I love the lavender shot at f/2.8.

  9. old patch on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Love the video Ray. As I get older the local area becomes more attractive. My problem with the tripod if being able obtain an angle, so prefer hand held and if, (as on the coast there seemingly always is a breeze), use a diffused filler flash so I can pump the s/s speed up. Best wishes & good health.

  10. Jules Sanchez on September 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    As always awesome video Ray, I have the exact same day lilies in the rear yard. I really like the one with beetle on the petals. I took a few shots similar to your with the pollen, your so right because of DOF, you really need to decide where you want to place that focus point. Keep up the great work, you bring inspiration to many people !

  11. Carter Cooper on September 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for your tutorials! Love this channel…

  12. Enrique on September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Ray, I like this project, but if I wanted everything in focus, can I use focus stacking in macro? and should I bring the flower inside to prevent movement (from the wind)?

  13. john scratchley on September 23, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Ah Macro, I love it and hate it….mainly because of limited success on my part and the fact that where I live on the West Coast there is always a factor called wind. Early morning or ‘the blue hour’ works best for me.
    Enjoyed your video as alway. Cheers!

  14. William Charlesworth on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Ray, I loved it. Have been taking pics of everyone’s flowers. Even at restaurants. They like to decorate and they don’t mind. My wife doesn’t mind if i cut some of hers and bring them in to a little light box I purchased. Am shooting macro and then getting some stunning shots of the flowers before they are finished. Didn’t know there was such beauty hidden inside the flowers. Have some Orchids, Million Bells, Mandevilla’s. Try the last ones’s here, they are stunning.

  15. Shirley0850 on September 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Great tutorial, Scott. I’m wondering about the yellow flower with the black background, if it was made indoors?

  16. Joan Ouellette on September 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    What a coincidence, Ray. I shot this very same bug with my macro lens, but he wasn’t on a gorgeous flower like yours, only on a simple stalk of something green. However I should have used my tripod to get the bug really sharp. Thanks for reminding me to not be so lazy ha ha. Thanks Ray, I love your new slogan "shoot small, but think big." Love that opening too.
    Joan

  17. aquhoil on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    volim da fotografišem macro i close up cveče i insekte.Good images macro

  18. Ksperdc on September 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I really appreciate your work and your content, your voice is amazing

  19. Valerie Hollifield on September 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Hey Ray. I really loved the composition of the yellow daisy. The petals coming up from the right bottom of the frame give the photo a little something extra!

  20. Gary Bennett on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    That last shot is stunning. All of your examples are inspirational. Hadn’t thought about shooting from the back of the flower, that will be a project for this weekend. This is the 3rd video in a week talking about garden photography, I think someone is trying to tell me something. Actually have a couple around here that might work. Thanks.

  21. Lisa P on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much!!

  22. john scratchley on September 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Hey, if you are ever out this way look me up! Love to go shootin’ with you. Stay cool Ray 🙂

  23. Stephen Stevenson on September 23, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Ray, another fantastic video, thank you. My favourite day lily shot is the f/2.8 at the 9:00 mark. Out here in Vancouver we have a sunflower festival happening so I am heading there next week.
    Thanks for being a great inspiration.

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