“Buy some beautiful, white roses” I said. “It’ll be so much fun to photograph them” I said. How dare I betray myself like that.

So yes, I learned something this week. White roses are actually very difficult to photograph without over or underexposing them. So I decided to share with everyone what I learned (the hard way) about photographing a white rose in various lights.

Soft Light

Soft light can be the light coming in through your window. I personally love using this technique because the window adds a nice tint to natural light creating more of an airy look.

Both pictures above were taken with a faster aperture (usually from 2.8 – 4.5) to focus on a single part of the rose.


Sadly, I was unhappy with all my pictures taken under florescent lighting. I was having trouble with the focusing on my lens, the the lighting made the flowers look yellow, I was tired, the dog ate my homework… Ok so maybe I’m making a couple of excuses.

With everything, I just need to practice to get better. IMG_1953I did learn one valuable thing however. While editing the photos you’ve taken under florescent light, head over into the color section of light-room and move the temp slightly over into the blue. This will take away the ugly yellow tint from your photo and leave you with a clean, crisp white.

Be sure not to move the temp to much though, you don’t want everything to look blue (Da ba dee da ba daa).

Complete Darkness

If you’ve seen some of my other post, you know that I’m very interested in using long exposure to get some cool shoots of flowers.

Both photos above are taken in a completely dark room, using a flash light to paint the flower with light.

Exposure was set to 4 seconds. I have to play around with the aperture and ISO each time I shoot in the dark, but this was shot at 100 ISO and 5.6 aperture. You may just have to mess around with it to find what works for you.

Rainy Days

Ah lovely rainy days!

It was pretty dark out so I bumped my ISO to 800. I will always suggest that you keep your ISO at or below 800 whenever possible. Going any higher creates graininess and lowers quality.

So let’s say you have your ISO set at 800 and your aperture the fastest it can go and it’s still to dark. What now? Lower your shutter speed. You can lessen your shutter speed to at least 1/60 using handheld. Any lower and you’ll need a tripod.

Whew! This post was a lot more work than I thought it would be, so I’m going to go nap for a couple minutes… hours… days.

Thanks for visiting

I feel so honored you could stop by! I’d like to thank my parents, my dog Auggie, and the academy. Haha!

Be sure to check out my other posts on photography tips as well as the “Projects” page to see what else I’ve been working on lately.

Let’s Chat

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