Home photography ideas: how to make a triptych worthy of your wall

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As the saying goes, “good things come in threes”, so we’re going to reveal some tips on shooting and selecting images to create a beautiful artistic triptych that deserves a place on your wall.

Having the ability to display more than one frame as a finished piece will allow you to tell a story, reveal different sides of a subject, or repeat a particular theme across different subjects that work together in unison.

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Triptychs work well for a range of genres and subjects, and in this project we’ll show you how even the simplest objects can create beautiful works of art. By removing distractions and photographing these subjects against a solid white background, we can focus our attention on the delicate patterns of these plant structures.

And, by adding a macro lens to the mix, we can add another dimension to our shots and get closer, to reveal even the most fragile details for an interesting abstract composition.

As we’re going to get closer to our subject, we need a little extra light to reveal shapes and textures and add depth to our images, so we’ll use an off-camera flash triggered by the pop-up of our camera flash to light our subjects (if your camera doesn’t have a pop-up flash, you can obviously use triggers).

To make sure we don’t capture harsh shadows, we’ll diffuse the light by firing the flash through a reflector to soften and diffuse the beam. Once we’ve taken a series of images of our subject, all that’s left is to choose three that will go together well before taking them to the digital darkroom to assemble the triptych.

How to photograph a triptych

01 Camera settings

Switch to manual mode for full control and set the shutter speed to the maximum flash sync speed, typically 1/200 or 1/250 sec. With macro photography, depth of field is limited the closer you get to your subject, so start with a medium aperture of f/5.6-f/8 to see what the focus is.

02 Configure flash

Place the flash to one side of your setup and position your diffuser between it and your subject. You can use a remote trigger to trigger the flash, or you can use your camera’s pop-up window as the master with your external strobe as the slave. Access your flash control menu and set its wireless feature to only fire off-camera flash. With your flash set to the same channel as your camera, start with 1/32 power.

03 Composition

By focusing on the finer details of a plant, you can get a variety of shots from a subject, so take your time to explore and create an assortment of compositions. Experiment with the depth of field and also change the focus point – you’ll be surprised how different a shot can be.

04 Critical Focus

With Live View on, decide your focus point, then zoom in with your camera’s magnification feature and slowly turn the manual focus ring to focus on the area you want to see in focus. To make sure you don’t jostle the focus during exposure, use a remote shutter or self-timer to take your shot.

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