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Professional flower photography skills

By Philip Perez,2018-01-25 20:09:00
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Professional flower photography skills

[Forward] Professional flower photography skills. See the title of this chapter, you may be puzzled, because flower photography looks very simple, really? I mean, they are static, colorful, very attractive, people enjoy flowers. Taking a good picture of flowers is almost no skill. But really? Of course not, it takes a strong skill to shoot it. Why? Because in nature flowers pollinated, the film will not only be able to catch a bright gray, but the camera petals on the reflection. Now, there's a special kind of picture filter (called Flora 61B in light mechanics) that can reduce the effect of pollination on photos, make them look sharp and lower in grayscale. But because of FTC regulations, we can't buy this filter right now. Of course, I'm kidding. If you like to use this filter, how do a good flower photo shoot? Well, I'm just kidding you.

1.do not overshoot

Everyday life, when you walk in the fields to see wildflowers, or when you walk in the garden path to see the flowers, will lean down to look at those flowers. If we stand next to the flowers, in our daily way to look down on the flowers, then take pictures will be very ordinary, why is this? If you want to take pictures with visual impact, must be taken from our daily perspective, that is rarely seen by amateurs. If you want to take good floral photos, be prepared to get your hands dirty (at least your knees). The picture above shows the difference: the picture on the left is taken in a typical pitching mode; the picture on the right is taken 30 seconds after the left photo is taken with the same focal length, taking the same flower in the same light, but not from an unconventional pitching angle.

2.shooting with zoom lens

Flower photography does not require a macro lens (close-up), and you can make a good flower photo with a zoom lens for two reasons:

(1) you can often zoom in on a flower to almost fill the entire picture;

(2) focal length with a zoom lens can be taken without pointing to the background and only at the flower.

Select the aperture priority mode (dial the mode dial to A), then use the minimum aperture value allowed by the camera (that is, if your lens is f / 5.6, use f / 5.6). Then focus on a flower or close cluster of flowers. When you do this, the background blurs and the image has a strong visual impact.

Tip: protect your knee

If you're ready to shoot a lot, one very inexpensive accessory you won't be able to buy at a camera kit store is knee pads. They're very useful. They're available at home furnishings stores, convenience stores, or well-stocked garden stores.

3.Focus closely with macro lens

Are you surprised by the close-up photos taken by professional photographers (who can usually see bees passing on pollen)? In fact, they were taken with a macro lens. The macro lens allows images of the subject and the flower to be reproduced at a ratio of 1:1. Only a macro lens can do this. The macro lens has a very shallow depth of field, and when shooting a rose, the front petals are very clear and the back petals are blurred. I'm not talking about a cluster of roses in a vase. It's a rose. Remember, when using a macro lens, you have to use a tripod. When you're shooting a flower with your heart, any slight wobble can ruin the picture. Take a look at the sharpening technique in Chapter 1 to show the stunning macro floral photography.

Tip: Replace your zoom lens with a macro lens

It's very simple, just add a close-up lens to your everyday zoom lens (we'll talk about that on the next page). As I said, this close-up (also called binary close-up refractive) is cheaper than a full macro lens. Just add it to the zoom lens and it has a zoom function. You can buy a unit close-up filter, although the edge of the photo is generally not very clear.

4. Macro lenses are too expensive? How about close-up shots?

I learned this trick from my old friend, Moose Peterson, a famous field and nature photographer, who can convert a telephoto lens into a macro lens for a quarter of the cost of a macro lens and a quarter of its weight and volume. It looks like a thick filter (about an inch thick) that turns Nikon and Canon into this kind of macro lens. The advantages of this close-up include the following:

(1) Small size, no space;

(2) just a few ounces (1 ounce = 28.35g), very lightweight;

(3) most importantly, very cheap (compared to an original macro lens of at least 4000 RMB).

It's called a Canon close-up lens (even if it's a Canon lens, it can be combined with a Nikon lens. This is what I know Canon equipment can be combined with Nikon equipment. I put the Canon close-up 500D and Nikon 70-200mm anti-shake lens (77mm) together, the effect is very good. This combination of tips depends on how much you want to spend 560 yuan?

5.When to shoot

Three times are ideal for shooting.

(1) Cloudy cloudy day. After the clouds cover the sun, the shadows are softer and the bright colors of the flowers are not diluted by the direct rays of the sun. So cloudy day is a favorite weather for floral photographers. In fact, there may only be another time that is more suitable for shooting than cloudy day, what is it?

(2) Not long after the rain. This is a very magical moment for flower photography. At this time, there are still clouds in the sky and there are still raindrops on the flowers (of course, to protect the camera and yourself, don't shoot when it is raining). If you have a macro lens, take a picture with it at this time, there will be a stunning effect. When you shoot with a macro lens, don't forget to take a microshot of the leaves of course, and pat the brim.

(3) If shooting on a sunny day, try to choose morning and dusk. In order to make the most of the light at this time, shoot with a long zoom lens, and you have to stand in a position where the flowers are backlit so that you can take advantage of the very magnificent (and of course limited) background light.

6.do not wait for rainy days-simulated rainy days

This technique sounds ridiculous at first, but when it tells you how to do it, you'll be shocked. You don't have to wait until it rains to shoot. Just grab a watery jug and spray it on the flowers. I found a very nice little spray bottle at the Walgrees Beauty Shop. Just a few puffs on the petals, and you'll have no mother's patience. Bring a very small spray bottle and put it in a photo bag (empty bottle, of course). I used this spray to take some pictures of the yellow roses I gave my wife on the White House lawn one day after a spring rain. You tried it again and again.

Tip not related to photography:

Putting the kettle in the bag also has a little-known benefit: ironing wrinkled clothes. Spray a few drops on shirts, sweatshirts, camouflage waistcoats, etc., before you go to bed and wake up the next day to find that the wrinkles are missing. I know it has nothing to do with photography.

7.Shooting flowers in black background

Flower Photography There's a way to shoot a single flower on a black background, and the pictures are fascinating. Of course you can add a black background to Photoshop, but it's a no-brainer. The way a professional photographer does it is to put a black background on the back of the flower when shooting. My old friend Vincent Versace is a very influential landscape photographer and he tells his wife to hold up the black jacket when he goes out on the back. I know, it sounds like an exaggeration, but you've tried it yourself. If you're shooting flowers indoors (almost every time I buy my wife flowers, or a friend sends us flowers, I shoot), buy some black velvet or velvet and put it on the back of the flower for the background. You can use one thing to prop it up (I used to put a velvet background on a couple of dark ones, so I can start with black ones).

8.Shooting on a white background

Another very popular way to photograph flowers is on a white background. Buy a roll of trackless white paper from your local camera shop (very cheap), but it's usually wider than you need. Unless it's for a florist, you usually don't want to see a vase. So I'll go to an office supply store and buy two or three 20 x 30 inch whiteboards (a bit like a bulletin board, but thicker). Usually, I put a whiteboard behind the flower (the flower is in a vase), and then use another board to reflect natural light (from a window with non-direct light) onto a white background so that the picture doesn't look gray.Similarly, about 3 feet apart between the flower and the background, it's easier to take a picture of a flower on a white background in natural light than it is to add white in Photoshop.

Shower curtain tips:

If you have a shower curtain (we'll talk about how to use it below), here's another way to save money: Think of it as a white background. If you use shallow depth of field, you'll never know that white background is a shower curtain. Don't shoot with f / 11 or f / 16, or people will say, "Nice shower curtain," or " Are you in the bathroom?

9. Ideal light for indoor floral photography

If you're shooting flowers indoors, you don't need to buy an expensive photo light (not a must) because floral pictures made with soft natural light work better. Pictures taken when the soft sunlight outside the window is not direct but scattered are terrific. If your windows are very dirty, it's probably better because it makes the light more diffuse and subdued. So look for a window in a room, studio, office, etc., where the sun is not shining directly. Then place the flower near the window and let the flower side light (if it is facing the light, the shot will not be stereoscopic). Now set up a tripod and shoot at eye and flower level (remember, don't dive).

How to create the ideal natural light artificially:

If you're facing the piercing sunlight coming in from a window, you can change the light artificially by buying two things at a supermarket like Wal-Mart: (1) a white matte shower curtain (or shower curtain liner); and (2) some tacks or pins. Put the matte shower curtain on the window with a pin, so you don't worry about the ideal scattered light.

10.Where can I get the beautiful flowers

The question sounds confusing, but I can't remember how many times I talked to photographers about it, and they always said, "I never thought about it." To get a gorgeous picture of a flower, you need to go to a florist and buy flowers (see, very simple question). You can pick any flower you want (I like to shoot roses, horseradish, lilies). You can turn down any speckled or poorly shaped flower they give you, and you don't need them to bandage it up. You can take a picture of a blooming, stunning flower for less than 100 yuan (although sometimes you have to spend a day or so waiting for a rose to bloom).

11. let the wind stop

If you're shooting flowers outdoors, you may encounter the natural enemy of flower photography, the wind. The tripod stands up, the camera is pointed at the subject, the focus is done, and there's nothing more frustrating than waiting for the wind to stop slowly. If you're shooting with a macro lens, it's worse, because even the slightest wobble can cause disaster. In general, this solidifies the movement caused by the wind (unless it's a hurricane). If faster shutter speeds still don't work, there's a second option that can be implemented, which is to turn the wind into a subject. That's right, if you can't beat it, bow your head -- with a very slow shutter speed, so you can see the flowers moving (and you might see the wind).