Indoor Shots: Fantastic Flowers

You don't have to wait for spring to capture amazing shots of flowers. With a little know-how you can get great results indoors. The best thing about shooting indoors -- as opposed to outdoors -- is that you can take your time setting the lighting and planning the composition of your shot.

Natural Light
Indoors, there is less light and this can easily lead to camera blur. But if you use your camera's flash, the resulting picture often loses some texture and depth. If your indoor light is inadequate, set the shot near a window to provide additional natural lighting. However, sometimes the natural light coming in from a window can be too strong and will cast hard shadows. If this happens, use a sheet of white paper to reflect the light and soften the shadows. View example.

Compare the effects of using flash versus natural light.

Selecting Light That Matches the Subject
You can easily create different effects when using natural light. On a sunny day the incoming light can be strong, and can cast dark shadows on your subject. It may be necessary to soften the light in situations like this. You can use curtains as a diffuser to soften the light. View example.

However, you may also want to experiment with strong light by making use of the shadows to accent your picture. This technique can work nicely if you're shooting exotic flowers sitting in a very modern vase, for example.

Change how light falls on your subject

Adjusting White Balance
Different types of light cast your subjects in different hues, taking on red and blue tones. WB (White Balance) set to [AUTO] is the camera function that will attempt to automatically correct the color of the light. The WB function is set to make a white subject appear white under any light source. In addition to AUTO, you can also set it to [Sunny Day], [Cloudy Day], [Tungsten Light] or [Fluorescent] to match a variety of light sources. You can also use these settings as a creative tool to take interesting pictures with red tones or blue tones.

Other Indoor Tips for Shooting Flowers:

  • It depends on the size of your flower or bouquet, but by shooting only a part of your subject using macro photography you can often create a more interesting composition. You can also use your camera's super macro mode to achieve extreme close-up views.

  • If you are taking pictures against a bright background and your shot is too dark, try boosting your exposure compensation.

  • Indoor light conditions are seldom as bright as when shooting outdoors. Stabilize your camera by using a tripod or other similar equipment.

  • Busy background? Try putting a piece of fabric or paper in back of the flower like reader, Guy, from Highland Village, Texas did in this shot.