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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 12, 2012 3:57 AM CST
I thought I would start this thread because I would love to improve my photos. Please share your ideas on taking the best pics.


Thanks,
Teresa

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Name: bb
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lilylady
Oct 12, 2012 5:15 AM CST
Something beside straight on photos!

Bend down to the subject

Look at the background or surrounding area

Remove tags, dead flowers etc in the background

Take morning photos - not noontime when the sun is glaring.

Is this the kind of stuff you are looking for? or adjustments to the camera?
Name: Michele
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tink3472
Oct 12, 2012 5:53 AM CST
There's a thread on here somewhere that we had talked about photo taking. Maybe someone saved the link and can post it or can find it and post it.

I use umbrellas when I take photos. Usually a black one for dark colored blooms and a white one for the others. Even if the sun is behind the clouds the umbrellas can help filter the light so the blooms show more true to what you see.

I have fooled around with my camera settings and I have found that the portrait setting with the macro on works best for me. I've tried several different settings and messing with the menu settings as well to get better red/purple coloring but it didn't seem to help. I had looked up my specific camera and problems and followed what was suggested.

I try and take my photos early morning, but I find if it's too early the color can be off. There is a big difference sometimes between a photo taken at 6:30 am and 7:30 am. It has to do with the natural lighting.
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 12, 2012 7:35 AM CST
I did a search before starting this one Tink. Maybe someone can find it.

All good tips bb, yes the time of day makes a big difference! An umbrella can be handy too.

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JWWC
Oct 12, 2012 9:00 AM CST
One of the other important things to consider is the white balance setting on the camera. Many of them have specific settings for shade, bright light or indoors. This can dramatically alter the way the camera processes colors. Some people have luck fooling the auto setting by holding a piece of clean white paper in the frame then cropping it out of the resulting image.
Name: Michele
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tink3472
Oct 12, 2012 9:54 AM CST
I will have to try the white paper because I know sometimes if I held my hand in the shot the color of the bloom would be more correct, usually the reds.
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Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Oct 12, 2012 10:00 AM CST
http://garden.org/thread/go/9483/

If this worked correctly, this is the thread on taking daylily pictures.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 12, 2012 10:13 AM CST

Thanks for the link! I have a Canon that is less than 2 yrs old. I cannot find my booklet on how to use the settings.
I wonder if you can order one from the company? I use AUTO and know that it can do more :(
Name: shirlee
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mistyfog
Oct 12, 2012 10:26 AM CST
Teresa, you may be able to find the instruction booklet online if you google your
camera type and serial number. I had to do this with an very old camera.
Name: Laura Eiras
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Ditchlily
Oct 12, 2012 11:36 AM CST
One thing that you can use to improve pictures if you have a camera with interchangeable lenses is a filter that you can pop on the lens. Will not work with a point and shoot camera unfortunately, nothing to which you can attach the filter Shrug!

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-lens-filte...

Another site that has some great tips for taking pictures although not specifically for flowers is this one: http://www.easyphotography.info/tips-on-how-to-take-good-pic...
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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 12, 2012 12:23 PM CST
I will try that Shirlee, thanks!


Laura, what type of camera are you using? I looked at those but wanted to stay in the $400.00 range for now. I am hoping that I can fade out the background to make the bloom pop!
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JuliaNY
Oct 12, 2012 1:31 PM CST
If you have some reading time, the site that Laura mentioned , http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials.htm, is a great site to spend some browsing time on.

Your computer monitor plays a role as well. http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/monitor-calibrati... and although some folks won't admit it they are color blind.

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Ditchlily
Oct 12, 2012 5:08 PM CST
I have a Casio Exilm, EX-S200. It is a nice point and shoot digital camera that is small enough to fit in my purse. I love it. http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/casio_ex_s200_review/

It takes nice close up shots.

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And shots from farther away.
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Name: Michele
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tink3472
Oct 12, 2012 5:34 PM CST
That's what I did, I went on the Canon website to look up my booklet.
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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 12, 2012 5:46 PM CST
Love that WEB OF INTRIGUE, I was growing it before all the pattern craze.

I am not sure about the filters, only certain camera use them?
Name: Laura Eiras
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Ditchlily
Oct 12, 2012 6:21 PM CST
I just meant that they do not fit on the point and shoot cameras (that I have seen anyway).

Here is a good comparison of Point and Shoot vs DSLR: http://digital-photography-school.com/should-you-buy-a-dslr-...

Here is a Wikipedia article about DSLR cameras: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_single-lens_reflex_came...
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philljm
Oct 12, 2012 9:47 PM CST
Also, if it is windy, sometimes if you put the "action" or "sports" setting on, it can help cut out the blurriness ~Jan
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Oct 13, 2012 5:03 PM CST
hmm, good tip, never thought of that!
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Char
Oct 13, 2012 6:35 PM CST

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I don't have any great tips....mostly I just take the picture and hope for the best. When I have the time to think about the image I check for plant labels, poor foliage, bugs, weeds and hybridizing tags. Sometimes just changing the angle is enough to avoid the distractions other times I may move leaves by wedging them under another or in my garden removing damaged leaves and weeds. Hybridizing tags dangling or blowing in the breeze, I use the yard sale tags, these can be balanced/tucked behind the bloom between the scape and branch or buds.
If you need to move a scape for what ever reason, better angle for your subject or move one you don't want in the image, try tying a leave around it to pull it over a little. Sometimes a leave from the other side of the clump or from another clump will reach and put just enough tension to hold it out of the way. ( I also do this with scapes that are overloaded with pods and bending into the path, keeps me and the dog from knocking the pods off )
There's nothing more frustrating than to get a perfect image of a daylily you liked in another garden and not remember what the name of the cultivar is, try to get in the habit of taking an image of the plant label... either before or after each cultivar.

Great idea on the action or sports setting Jan! New camera just before bloom season...I still have a lot to learn about the settings.
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jqfalcon3
Oct 14, 2012 10:16 AM CST
If at all possible, shoot under overcast skies or early in the morning before sun strikes plants. I have used both black and white umbrellas, and find that while they prevent the harsh lighting of direct sun, they tend to skew colors. Use proper white balance if your camera allows it. Use a telephoto lens (or the telephoto lens setting on your point and shoot). This will allow you to change the background of the bloom you are shooting, throwing it out of focus and making for a more dramatic image.
For many more details on white balance and color temperature, dynamic range and macro photography, check out the blogs on my two websites:

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http://johnsphotogalleries.com

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