Gear for flower photography in the DIY Home Studio
For the photography enthusiast wanting to photograph in a small makeshift space, you need to get a little creative regarding how you outfit your "home studio" setup. Often you want to use equipment that can be easily put away and stored when not in use, or equipment that can serve a purpose beyond just photography. This is my curated list of items I find useful for these types of setups.
Note: The following are items I would use myself and recommend. When you purchase these items using the Amazon links provided, I will receive a small commission which I use to help maintain content on this website.
Focus closer with any lens using extension tubes
Extension tubes are a double-ended device that sits between the camera and a lens, with one end attaching directly to the camera body, while the other end attaches to the lens. It allows any lens to focus closer than it would otherwise be capable of. Extension tubes are frequently purchased in sets, and can be used individually, or combined together for greater extension. A set of extension tubes is a great addition to any camera bag because they are not very expensive, take up little space in the bag, yet expand the possibilities of what you can do with all your lenses. I recommend getting a set that allows auto focus and through the lens metering (TTL) for your particular camera mount. With this link you can find Kenko-brand extension tubes for a variety of different camera bodies.
Adjustable Table on wheels
A Goldilocks size table top - not too big so it's easy to maneuver around - not too small so it can hold your subject. Adjustable height makes it easier to photograph subjects of different heights comfortably. Locking casters make it easy to make placement adjustments and then lock it in place.
Adjustable stool on wheels
This adjustable height stool on wheels makes it comfortable to photograph from different heights. Also it has the added bonus that there is a tray for gear underneath!
Holographic Foam/Poster Board
Makes for interesting and colorful bokeh in your image. 30” x 20” size is versatile. Available at craft stores like Michael’s and JoAnne’s Fabric.
Portable adjustable height and width coat rack as a backdrop holder
A simple adjustable coat rack can work well as a backdrop holder. One that adjusts in both height and width is ideal. Easy to move around and position just where you need it. Disassemble when not needed.
Curtain rings with clips to hold a backdrop
Curtain rings with clips can hold a backdrop on the coat rack rod
Hold steady! This clamp can be the extra hand you need
If you feel like you need an extra hand to hold a branch out of the way, assist with holding a small reflector, or even holding a flower stem in place, this Plamp (plant clamp, get it?) is just the thing. Secure one end to your tripod leg, the other end holds whatever you want. Note this 2nd generation version is beefed up to provide better support. Note, you might want 2 if you want to hold a bigger item like a reflector.
When you need an extra hand. Use a "Third Hand" tool
Used in home electronics and jewelry making, a "third hand" tool can be helpful for holding small subjects like flower stems in just the right spot for macro work.
Flower "frog" can conveniently hold individual flower stems
Used in Ikebana flower arranging, a flower "frog" can hold individual flower stems for you to more easily photograph them.
Small, portable and adjustable lighting - great for macro work
These lume cube lights are the perfect solution to light a macro setup. You can adjust the color temperature and intensity and the kit comes with helpful accessories like a diffuser and color gels. Handhold the lights or attach to a tabletop light stand.
Adjustable, portable LED floor lamp
This portable floor lamp is adjustable in a variety of ways: height, color temperature and intensity. It can also run on battery power so it can go anywhere even if there isn't a close power outlet. It's a nice choice for lighting a bigger setup.
Soft gold reflector with handles for fill lighting
A reflector is a useful tool in close-up photography for adding fill light to add light and soften shadows. I find the "soft gold" reflector to be the most useful finish because it adds warm light, but is not as intense as a gold reflector. This soft gold reflector from Impact is a great size for photographing individual to small groups of flowers and the handles make it easier to hold. One side is soft gold, the other side is white - a perfectly practical combo.
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