Flash Setup for Flowers

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richj20 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,066
Re: Flash Setup for Flowers

brahma1965 wrote:

richj20 wrote:

brahma1965 wrote:

To get decent flower pictures, do you use the onboard flash? Buy a hot shoe flash?

Hello Andy,

I use a hot shoe flash on my cameras. Much of my flower photography is in the field, and it is convenient to carry a small flash in my bag.

These are from my garden:

I use flash a lot at night, here, for a night blooming cactus

It works well for daytime flash for fill, to "throw" light deep inside a flower

Night time

Day time

- Richard

Terrific pictures, Richard.

Thanks, Andy, it has been a wonderful year for flowers (so far). Slimmer pickings now, here in hot  Southern California.

What settings do you use?

I have a custom mode configured for flash:

  • Flash EV compensation is mapped to a Fn button (Panasonic) or Controller button (Sony)
  • Base ISO. I change when necessary. EG: the first cactus flower is high on one of the columns, and I boosted the ISO for a bit more power.
  •  Mechanical Shutter (Electronic Shutter doesn't work in in flash mode).
  • Aperture varies, depending on DOF needs; for closeup/macro with the Sony, I use f/11 - f/13

Are these all taken on the standard flash / shutter sync?

Yes

Are they single shot? Or have you stacked them?

Single shot.

Thanks for sharing

You are welcome!

- Richard

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