My family owns a florist, and on our website we tend to use a lot of stock photo's taken by either Teleflora or FTD. While those are nice, they don't really show the talents and idea's that the shop has to offer. I'm trying to find a way to take some great shots of the arrangements we make, but am a bit unsure of the best way to go about this.
I know natural light is great, but the problem here is that when winter comes we really cant bring the flowers outside for minutes at a time trying to line up the right shot b/c the flowers will freeze.
I'm looking for some idea's on the best way to take some indoor photographs. As you can see in the picture above, I used a white bed sheet w/ a hight thread count so it wouldn't be transparent ... dont mind the creases, I just took it out of the package to take some tester pics to see how they would come out. I tried using the natural light coming through one of the windows, but it was oversaturated, plus I'm not sure if I really like the contrasting shadows.
Another problem this will bring up is having to take the picture at the right time of day for the light to come through the window. If it's too much of a hassle to do the set-up, they follow through with it. Unfortunately this has to be fairly simple b/c I will only be helping out there for the next few months, so the other staff members will need to know what to do.
I know I will need a tripod, but outside of that I'm unsure of where else to go with the set-up, such as natural v. artificial lights, types of lights to use, should I buy some cloth from a fabric store to create a bigger backdrop, etc ...
Any idea's will be greatly appreciated! The set-up doesn't have to be too simple since once it is set-up, it'll probably stay that way.