Lighting Makes the Difference

The type of light shining on your subject can dramatically change its appearance. While photographing iris in a nearby garden, I began working under overcast skies which created soft, even lighting. Eventually the sun broke through the clouds and shone directly on the flower I was taking pictures of.

Direct sun, no diffuser

Since I preferred the soft light from the cloudy sky, I made my own "cloud" by holding a diffuser between the sun and the flower. This recreated the soft, even lighting I liked best.

Indirect light from diffuser

Learn more tips for flower photography in Photographing Missoula's Flower Gardens June 14-21, 2018. All cameras are welcome. Click here to register online.