Feb 8, 2012

Gerber Daisy Flower Photography Artwork

Lately I am photographing a lot of flowers in front of a black background. It almost has become an obsession and I am always on the lookout now for colorful flowers that really pop in front of the black when photographed with the right lighting. I position a large enough black cardboard behind the floral photographic object using a chair backrest for support. White cardboards are used to enhance the light and direct the light towards the floral when it is facing away from the window. I always use hardcover books making it easy to adjust the height of the flower when a different perspective or angle is more desirable. I often adjust the white boards to explore the impact on the lighting and better control the light on the flower. Adjusting the light with the white boards is a great learning experience for us photographers and often leads to more inspirational and beautiful photographs. In the final macro photograph of the yellow Gerber Daisies I positioned the flowers in the best possible way so that their petals did not overlap and a pleasant composition was achieved. The aperture of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens was set to f/18 providing sufficient Depth of Field and an exposure time of 2 seconds. An ISO100 setting minimized noise in the background and around the edges of the flower. In the post processing steps I minimally adjusted brightness, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the image of the Gerbera.