23rd November 2011, 08:33 AM
This was taken using the kit 18-55mm lens with a +4 close up attachment. I was playing around with various lighting and aperture/iso settings trying to get a whole focus shot, almost worked. Also wasn't sure about leaving the backdrop just the plain colour, any comments and thoughts are most welcome.
Shutter Speed:1/50 second
Focal Length:18 mm
23rd November 2011, 04:01 PM
23rd November 2011, 05:11 PM
Re: Night Orchid
I agree with Steve's comments. Flower photography is fun but also demands good lighting, focus and exposure. Many of my flower shots are taken outside in natural light but I really prefer shooting inside where I can control all the conditions. Here is my setup I used for "Pink Perfection" in Mini Competition #724. It's very simple, a single light source, a white reflector and black background (both foamcore). I normally use "stacked focus," a common technique used in macro photography to increase the depth of field. Pink Perfection was created from four images combined in a program called Helicon Focus. I used a strobe in my setup but this could also have been window light or a flash unit bounced off a white reflector. IMO, a soft, diffused light source is needed to bring out the delicate structures and colors. Watch your background when shooting flowers so that it does not create a competing distraction from shapes or colors; sometimes these can work very nicely. You can also place a small piece of mat board or foamcore behind the flower to eliminate distractions. When working outdoors, I prefer shooting with an open sky or overcast to get soft light. Flower motion from wind can be a big problem for closeups when focus is critical and shallow. A stick or dowel stuck in the ground and wired to the flower's stem will help steady the flower.
In this setup shot, notice my black background appears dark blue. I used the room's tungsten lights to make this shot and white balanced for them. This is a long exposure and I fired the strobe to light the flower. The blue part of the strobe's spectrum made the black foamcore appear blue. It's an example of the big difference between daylight (i.e. strobe) and tungsten light.
Experiment and have fun. You'll discover what works for you, with your equipment and style.
- Paul -
24th November 2011, 05:41 AM
Re: Night Orchid
Hi Steve and Paul,
Thank you very much for the advice and feedback. Now I have lots of ideas to try and experimenting to do. Thanks again.