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The keys to getting pictures like this of just the flower without busy backgrounds are;

1. Pick flowers that do not have clutter within the first foot or so behind the flower.

2. Shoot at less than a foot away from the flower to keep the depth of field coverage shallow but use a high F stop e.g. F22 to get enough depth of field to cover the flower.

3. Shoot at high shutter speeds e.g. 1/250 to 1/500 to reduce the effect of ambient light in the background.

4. Position the strobes so that they light the flower at an angle that does not light the background.

2006 by Peter Schulz