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How to Photograph Orchids

This is a discussion on How to Photograph Orchids within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; lanhua thanks for the link,great....

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    lanhua thanks for the link,great.

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    Interesting reading the Old Mister Crow approach and then Lanhua's approach. For cataloging my orchids I use a ring flash on a Canon 40D. That way the color is the same on all images and there is no shadow. Great for detail close up, and I set the shutter to 1/250 so no backgroundlight comes in.
    I was talking to my cousin about getting a high power studio monolight set up and he reminded me that with a digital camera you can use Compact Florescent daylight bulbs and set the temperature to match in the camera. That way you can do the set up on the cheap. Use one lamp for the photo with a reflector on the opposite side to compensate for a light shadow and then another light to light up the background to remove any shadow if you aren't using a black backdrop. Simple and cheap. Use black velvet for the cloth and most of the shadow disappears. Works for lighter colored orchids.

    Always think about the light not the camera and you'll be better off..imho

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    Very interesting;Thanks for posting!

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    Excellent Bruce...thanks for sharing

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    I have photographed orchids for a few years now - photographing orchids is only one of my passions.
    I'm using black board as a background or I simply use some other green part of plants as the background - given that I do not live in the house so I do not have much choice. But there is something you have to know about background - dark flower needs a light background and vice versa.
    I try to photograph in the morning or evening, avoiding, if possible, making shoots at noon.
    If there is good morning or evening light I do not use flesh, if possible, otherwise I do use it.
    If you are photographing some tiny species and making close-ups as I mainly do, you'll need macro lens and ring flesh.
    I started with some bigger flowers which had some simple shapes, but than I wanted more, so I started to photographing tiny and than very tiny flowers and sometimes used in addition to a macro lens macro rings too, and many times I use tripod too: The main use of disposition as f 22 or more and time 1/250.

    There is no point talking to you how to make a good photography – as a good photography is quite a relative term – for me a good photography is one that has a “soul”… But here, in this forum, there are quite a few guys which photos I admire a lot.

    I’m sure you'll certainly need some time to tune the eye and find out how to look at the subject. Not just to see it, but to find in it some hidden characters. There has to be done a lot of practices and patience…

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    nice! thats fun, i was a photo major in college, gettin ready to do a nice big shoot of all my plants here soon

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