This article features a selection of high contrast plant macro images. All were photographed handheld using the Olympus STF-8 Twin Macro Flash.
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The first consideration when creating these types of images is to select a subject that is decently separated from other flowers and foliage.
Composing the photograph so the subject blossom is up against a very dark, shaded background is required.
While it is usually not possible to find a black background, this effect can often be achieved in post by adjusting shadow, black and contrast sliders.
Very simple compositions often work very well and can create an elegant feeling.
I find It is best to use a small, single auto-focus point. This is especially true if you are trying to focus on a very small detail in your composition.
Subjects with some character can create arresting visuals.
Sometimes wilted or dying flower buds can create a photograph with interesting textures.
Look for very fine details which can be accentuated against a dark background.
It is important to shift your shooting angle, trying different compositions using the same, or similar subject matter.
Often very simple compositions can have considerable impact. High contrast plant macro images are well suited to a minimalist composition approach.
When shooting with the Olympus STF-8 Twin Macro Flash, I used TTL mode, and adjusted the heads to minimize hot spots.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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