Calling all shutterbugs

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of the SLR digital camera I ordered last week. Like many of you fellow garden bloggers, I'm looking forward to taking upclose pictures of plants and insects in the garden.

Meanwhile, does anyone have any advice on macro lenses? Or garden photography in general? I'm not very familiar with photography techniques and equipment. My method of getting good pictures of Nelumbo Jr. is to take about 200 pictures a day, and usually I'll end up with one worth keeping!


Christa said...

Congrats on getting a digital camera! I got one earlier this year and I love it.

I use a 105 mm Nikkor lens for my macro photos and I'm very happy with it. My only advice about garden photography, as with any photography,is that it has a lot to do with the lighting. I find some of my best close-up shots are taken on cloudy days, when the sun is not too strong to cast heavy shadows on your subject. Best thing with digital is that you can always delete right away and try again. Have fun with it!

Jill said...

You are going to LOOOOOVVVVEEE digital slr's!! Go to my "About Us" page on my main site and you'll see my equipment. www.jillwlang.com

I will gladly give you any advice needed. There is a difference, of course you know that. But beware! It doesn't just stop with one lens.

Congrats!! Let me know if I can help.

millionbells said...

You still take lots and lots of pictures with a digital camera. The advantage is that you know right away if you need to go take more. The problem is then labeling them all!

Lighting is a bear though. Especially when flash washes everything out and no flash is too dark. Adjusting gamma is a big help, it lightens dark pictures without washing them out like the brightness setting does. You will find a balance.

But a big tip is to make sure your monitor shows true. My dad's monitor was going and he kept editing pictures and editing pictures that looked horrible on other screens.

Ki said...

I had to smile when I read you taking 200 pictures to be able to post one. That's about what I do except I only shoot about 20 and I still don't get a decent one most of the time. One day I'll learn to take better pics. Maybe a dslr like you would do the trick?...naah. Good luck with your new camera. Show us the results.

Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

Which brand of camera are you getting?

I usually just keep a single lens on my camera: a zoom lens with a macro setting.

archivesinfo said...

I am a professional garden photographer specializing in macro photography. You may want to check out some books on the subject. My favorites are by John Shaw. I use a Canon 100mm macro lens for my Canon 30D camera. The lens costs almost as much as the camera! But you can take nice photos with less expensive equipment
1. always watch your light (as others have said). Avoid harsh shadows. I sometimes use my body to shield strong overhead sunlight, but I also look for nice light shining through the leaves to make unusual images.
2.Keep in mind the 2/3 rule. Generally (not always) making the focal point of your subject 1/3 of the way into your composition rather than centered will make a stronger photo.
3. Depending on the lens you have, you can blur the background quite nicely in macro photography. Depth of field also plays a big part in this. Don't just set your camera on automatic, study how to use the manual setting to blur the portions you wish to blur.
I hope that this is helpful. Feel free to contact me if you think I can help you.
Enjoy your day and happy shooting!

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