I recently watched a training class on kelbyone.com on how to do macro/close-up photos of flowers using a DIY black box and only natural light.  I was intrigued and decided to give it a whirl.  I went to the dollar store and Hobby Lobby to pick up what a I needed for the black box.  It was pretty inexpensive – only around $20 for materials.  Here is my first photo.   This is a Gerbera Daisy.  I loved how the natural highlights and shadows were emphasized in this technique.  I did some highlight adjustments in Photoshop to be pleasing – at least to my eye.  I was pretty happy with it and wanted to try more.

So my second attempt was the red/yellow rose below. The highlights and shadows from only natural light inside a black box are amazing!  I used a couple of flags on the side and above the box to shape the light the way I thought looked best.  Again, there were some tweaks in Photoshop but this is art right?  It almost looks like this was photographed at sunset the way the shadows and highlights are illuminated.  

For my third subject, I tried something a little different. This flower which I’m not exactly sure what it is had a couple different blossoms on the stem so I isolated this one by turning the background to black and white.  What do you think of that?  

Finally, now that the Lenten Rose is in bloom in this very late spring, I got this shot below.   These are such delicate little flowers.  They are spreading in one of our south garden beds.  I really like this one a lot.  

So what do you think?  Which is your favorite?  Leave a comment with your pick and what you like about it.   If you think I should add these to my Etsy store, let me know that too.   Thanks for your support of AHP! 

Till next time…


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