With this nasty bug going around, a lot of us are stuck at home and need a creative project to keep us occupied.

Let’s take this opportunity to photograph the beautiful things around us, the things that we all appreciate in passing but may neglect in capturing.

Flowers are a great example. Whether you pick from your own backyard or grab the last remaining bundle in your local grocer, setting up a tabletop studio for flowers yields amazing results.

Here are some simple tips to help you achieve stunning flower images at home.

  • Opt for simpler backgrounds: Flowers are textured by nature. A black background will draw dramatic attention to this texture.
  • Use the right lens: When operating on small scales, macro lenses will have peak performance. Our flower studio shoot used the Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 Macro for Fujifilm.
  • Make your light count: I chose a soft directional light with the Phottix Raja Strip Box mounted on a Promaster Unplugged M600 (available for rent through our website!)
  • Try using a small reflector for a fill light: I used a simple white board on the opposite side of my light to provide just provide enough of a fill to see detail on all sides of my flowers. This will keep some of the drama of the directional light without sacrificing detail to shadows.

All images by Melinda Walsh