Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by suemack, Jul 27, 2004.
Taken in the backyard. Canon 300D 18.-55 kit lens F11.0, ISO 200, 1/200, flash, man mode.
I can only think of one thing. Wow!
Pretty, but very dark, at least on my monitor here at work.
its a little dark here too...but very clear!!
Yeah, a bit dark. I think a reflector bouncing the flash back onto the flower would help.
thanks for that ..........how would a reflectior work and can you use something like that with out side shots? Have only had this cam for a couple of months and a lot to learn.
Still only have the really basic stuff.....camera, one lens (90-300mm f4.5-5.6USM) .....next on shopping list is a tripod. Would love to get a macro lens but that's still the dream wish list!
I think a reflector is a must for flower shots. Direct sunlight sucks and it's too contrasty. Shade and cloud cover works well but it's still a little flat. I like to shade the flower and bounce light onto it to give it some directional lighting which brings out the form. You can always go to walmart and get those windshield reflectors for $5. They work great!
Definately get yourself a tripod.
Do you use the on-camera flash or have you got a separate one? Presume your Walmart is like our 'The Warehouse' el cheapo bargain place. Hope you don't mind all these questions
I've been having a blast even w/out the tripod, visited our local petting zoo last w/end...... just for the practise of using the new lens of course
Walmarts not really like the warehouse
The stuff doesnt actually fall apart in 2 weeks.
But Ive heard the warehouse has come up with their quality of stuff, so I wouldnt be afraid to get a tripod there.
YOu could make a reflector out of a big piece of cardboard wrapped in tin foil
I don't use any flash for macro work. Though I do have a softbox now so I might give that whirl. If you want to see what it looks like simply shading the flower and throwing some reflected light check out these shots I took at the Getty center in LA.
They're wonderful! That red dahlia .....the colours on that are scrumptious. I do see what you mean about the reflected light. A lot of the reds esp I've been getting in my flower pics have been way too harsh, not been quite so bad with the softer shades.
The light reflected is just the sunlight? Have never seen someone using a reflector.
Oops......better go, am going to be late to work!
Yup, simple sunlight. I used to dread shooting in the afternoon sun with no cloudcover. But when you can alter the light it makes all the difference. Of course, I did have my beautiful assistant there to hold the reflector
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