View Full Version : best lighting for flowers?

03-19-2014, 11:38 AM
I happened to have some flowers that I thought might be nice to try to paint, but I can't figure out the best way to light them so that the light and shadows help create the form of the individual petals that overlap. I played around and it seemed from the side and slightly above was better than the other options but still not the best. Is there a better way to do it?


water girl
03-19-2014, 03:32 PM
Try playing with the distance of the light from your subject as well.Try the lighting coming more from behind. Have you tried taking them outdoors? On a bright sunny day, and with the light coming from above you can obtain great shadows. Don't give up!

03-20-2014, 01:21 PM
You might try a second light source from a different direction. I would make this second source less intense that the main source. Either dim it or move it farther away.

03-21-2014, 03:00 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I think the flowers have another day or so left, so I'll try again.