Photography is an expensive hobby, or so the big camera manufacturers would have you believe.
Fact is you can get great results with simple means.
Take this lovely shot made today:
Hours spent in the studio with expensive lights and gear?
1 piece of black card costing a few pence and a reflector (total cost less than a tenner!)
The sun was the light source and the reflector was used without the shiny cover so it became a transparent way to reduce the light falling on the flowers (called a scrim) If you can't stretch to ten pounds for the reflector then try a piece of tracing paper or grease proof paper.
Put you scrim over the flower so it creates a big shadow over the subject. This shadow is actually some really soft light, but to you outside it will look like a big shadow. Trust me though your camera will be fine and the picture will be really cool.
Here are a few more from the same time, some with and some without the background paper.
Today was our first proper spring day here so I got out to shoot something that feels like spring, I hope you like them.