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Phalaenopsis NOID (Photography Black Backdrop testing)

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis NOID (Photography Black Backdrop testing) within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Oh thanks! That gives me some ideas and may be useful as I am always ...

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    Oh thanks! That gives me some ideas and may be useful as I am always thinking of taking pictures in the evenings when the light isn't very good. I've been using day light to try to get the colors right. I'm using a decent little digital camera, but certainly nothing fancy. I don't even know if I can set shutter speed and apertures. I have a more complex camera that takes great pictures, but its old, the flash doesn't work any more and it eats batteries. I miss it. It does GREAT macro pictures, my newer one is more point and shoot, which is generally fine for what I do with it.

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    Auto focus and macro lens is OK, just think about, a very small aperture and flash can light of just objects, very close to the camera, so the back ground stay dark. Try and error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Great tips Mietek. I still do auto focus and a macro lens. still not mastered shutter speed and aperture settings
    Me too. I'm going to try it tonight. Thanks Mietek.

    That's why we love this site. you don't only learn how to take care of your Orchidaceae, but you also learn how to take good quality pictures also.

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    Thank you Mietek. I will try next time. Absolutely Jervis. rv-orchidworks rocks!!

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    hi peeps,

    I'm no camera geek. the best that I could do with my cam was
    ISO100 100 f3.2

    the results look better to me. what say you?
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    I think you've got it!

    Personally, I have lots of photographic experience so the tools are not as important as knowing how to manipulate them for the desired results. This is just one example of not overdoing the whole photography thing. Some would go out and buy a lighting system to shoot the orchids with. To me, that is overkill. Simple solutions work best for me.

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    I think the first pic and the third has more white (bright)... I have to make some more adjustment/experiment.

    but the close-up and Pink looks GREAT!

    anyone got any more tips (or less bright ideas...hehehe)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    I think you've got it!

    Personally, I have lots of photographic experience so the tools are not as important as knowing how to manipulate them for the desired results. This is just one example of not overdoing the whole photography thing. Some would go out and buy a lighting system to shoot the orchids with. To me, that is overkill. Simple solutions work best for me.
    AMEN!

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    So... I am going to have to try taking them out at night on the porch rail and see what I can do... Not tonight though, will be away all afternoon and a good part of the evening. Unfortunately my Phals are about done blooming, same with my Oncidium. I do have a Paph that is blooming, such a pretty little thing. I need to get some great pictures of it!

    I am also going to get a solid white background to use in the house. My husband is going to get me a science fair backdrop to put up behind my plants and I got some fabric to drape, so I can work with a neat backdrop in the house too. My flash tends to wash out the colors - is there something simple I can use in the house to light the flower with that won't wash out the colors so much? Will shooting outside in the dark (or inside I guess with the lights out) with the flash work better than lighting the plant? Believe me, I am going to stay with simple, but I would like to get a bit better looking pictures now that I have so many plants!

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    Personally, I cut a piece of white paper (I use plain ole white printer paper) to fit over the flash area of the camea and tape it loosely over the flash to cut down on the brightness. Simple and low cost.

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    Carol, you don't need any background of e.g drape. Just make sure it's nothing behind your plant, or you don't wont to get pictures, like Jervis

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