I love taking pictures of flowers, especially in my own yard. Flower photography has risen to the top as my favorite thing to photograph. I have been waiting for my first Dahlia to bloom (and I mean EVER – I never knew there was such a flower), and today I received the reward for my patience.
There are actually dahlia clubs and societies. I have several varieties planted around my yard. Our friends who own a nursery in Montana introduced us to these amazing flowers. Maybe I will be joining one of those societies someday. (LOL – I’m not really a “society” kind of guy.)
I took this in manual mode so that I could darken the background. I also used a new softbox attachment for my speedlite flash so I could close the aperture (larger number = closed more). When you don’t have enough light to illuminate the entire area, the flash will lighten the flower. I really like the way it turned out.
So, here is the setting info:
- Canon Rebel T3i
- Tamron 28-75mm lens for Canon
- Manual Mode
- Aperture: f/9.0
- Shutter Speed: 1/200
- Focal length: 70mm
- ISO: 100
- Canon Speedlite 320 with a Fotodiox 6″ x 8″ softbox
- Flash at full strength
You can do the same thing without the Speedlite. Just set your Rebel on Manual and choose a shutter speed of 1/200. This is the “sync” speed of your Rebel, meaning that when you are using a flash, the shutter speed can’t go any faster than 1/200.
Choose an aperture that is a fairly high number. This will close the aperture and darken the background while the flash lights the subject. If there is a bright sun, this may not work as well, but you can try using something to shade the subject if there is too much light.
- Manual Mode
- Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 lens @ 28mm
- 1/200 sec
- ISO 100
- Canon Speedlite 320ex with Fotodiox 6″ x 8″ softbox
If you have any questions about the method or explanation, please feel free to leave a comment.