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Tips on pics(?)

This is a discussion on Tips on pics(?) within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Can anyone share some tips or tricks to taking pictures of your orchids? I've wanted ...

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    Can anyone share some tips or tricks to taking pictures of your orchids? I've wanted to share some of my pics, but they are all so blurry or pale compared to all of the others posted around these forums. I don't have a dig cam yet, but I think that I could take photos from a reg cam just the same as long as I know the best angles. I don't know the best angles yet! I hope others can give me tips on this. I usually take pics and then have them saved to disk to share online. Someday I hope to get a dig cam, but till then, I'm stuck with regular. Yes, I live in the stone ages apparently.

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    I am a bad person to answer your post , some of mine are not very good . I have a regular digital camera , not a new one either . Most of the trouble I have is with to much light on the plant from the sun or artificial light . I try and take the pictures at dusk sometimes it works sometimes not I have read about making a shadow box out of black material , not tried it . For white flowers I put a piece of tissue over the flash or they are a white blur . A tripod is good to stop camera shake or if lazy like me ....I hold my breath when snapping it , if your camera has diffrent setting like for close , backlight ect , try playing around with them . There are some really good photographers on here bet they know a few tricks Gin

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    I tend to take lots of pictures of one orchid because I'm very sure not every single picture I take will be worth using. I'm definitely no expert photographer but I like to take pics when the sun's right on the flowers (don't keep sun on the flowers for too long--it's not good for them). That causes bright colors and the petals become glittery and sparkly. Looks really cool & different. I don't know if this is the proper way to get glittery petals. For "normal" type pictures, I sometimes put a white poster board in the background so the background will be white. But this way, keep the light even (means no sun). Best to do it near a bright window or shine a lamp or something...I've experimented and these work but not sure which is the best way...
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    The best advice I learned (I use a dig-cam) is like Gin said, do not have too much direct light on the bloom or it will wash out. I like to take photos when there is a little sunlight that I can let bounce up onto the bloom or fall across the foliage. Some light on the bloom works well, but too much will just wash out the photograph. I have also learned if photographing something that has both light and darker areas, aim your camera at the lightest area and get your light reading, then move the camera to the center or just off center and snap the photograph. This technique will keep the light areas from being to light or washed out. Best of luck, Lore!

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    Wha??? You mean I'm suppose ta to do something besides push the button???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane
    Wha??? You mean I'm suppose ta to do something besides push the button???
    If it's a digi-cam Diane, you're also suppose to turn it on

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