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Photographing Orchids - to pimp or not to pimp?

This is a discussion on Photographing Orchids - to pimp or not to pimp? within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I agree with Latifah731... Its all up to you... If I'd want to print a ...

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    I agree with Latifah731... Its all up to you... If I'd want to print a big image of my blooming plant and stick it on the wall, I'd do my best to take a "keeper" shot...
    I always do the shadow/highlight/contrast/levels/hue/saturation thing on my pictures... IMHO having a good camera/gear is one third of photography...
    The next third is the love for photography (whats a camera without a photographer?)...
    The last third is post-processing... Making the image more "look"able without altering it too much... Making the image better but keeping it real...
    of course how you photograph depends on what gear you have and how your brain finds shortcuts/tricks to take a good shot...

    I never use the built in flash for printing shots... It makes the image look flat and unreal... I only use it to snap photos if its dark or ISO boosting would cause noise...
    Instead I do this:
    1) mount the camera on a tripod...
    2) set the timer, turn off image stabilizing systems, trigger AF and then switch to MF...
    3) Turn off ALL the lights... Obviously, this type of photography must be done in total darkness...
    4) set the exposure... LONG... 8-15 seconds... ISO 400, F8 (to get everything sharp)...
    5) Click!... and now the fun starts!... I grab the flashlights and keep waving my hand over the subject...
    The result is this...
    As you see the image might look artificial... The orchids look bluish 'cause I use white LEDs... but this is the best I could do... and I WILL print it... some 70x50cm print of it will decorate my room soon...
    I don't have a decent macro lens... (Its just a 18-105mm lens... f/3.5-5.6)
    I don't have an external flash...
    I don't have projectors/those umbrella things in my room...
    and most of all... I'm an amateur...
    So... Most of the time we just grab the camera and click... Just to show the subject... Raw and real... But I think its worth the effort... all those cleaning, brushing, spraying, tweaking the camera and post processing... And then we have a piece of art...
    Honestly... How often do we do large prints? This megapixel stuff is just forcing us to make more capacious hard disks... When you buy good gear, If you LOVE photography, you'd do anything to quench your thirst... For better photos... and watching your artwork every day on the wall is what I call pleasure...

    P.s: Everyone says overexposure is bad... do you agree?...

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    Thanks so much, Mohsen! I appreciate the time and effort you too to share your process with us.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    Your welcome Bruce!... I hope you'll try this method... Its lots of fun!... (For us of course... Not for the family trying to sleep!)...

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