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This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis NOID (Photography Black Backdrop testing) within the Technical Photography Discussion forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Thanks Harvey (78terp) for teaching me how to take photograph in complete darkness to focus ...
Thanks Harvey (78terp) for teaching me how to take photograph in complete darkness to focus more on the subject rather than the background.
I hope the Pictures are satisfactory.
Note: I'm no professional and I don't have DSLR. I use a point and shot Camera (Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V)
(Thanks to Digital camera, or else many films be wasted)
Very nice! Orchid and images!
Very nice flower and excellent photography too.
Thanks guys. I now have a new ALIBI for doing something in the dark...hahahaha
Ok, so how do you do this? I find it a bit frustrating trying to get some good shots of my orchids, been collecting things to use for backdrops as my house is perpetually untidy and I am embarrassed for people to see it! Besides, it makes it hard to see the flowers!
We just recently started getting those in our nursery and I had to take one home it is just so elegantly blushed. This is the one that started my "blushed" phase. The name I found for it was Phal Maki Watanabe 'Kingfisher Orchids'.
like Harvey (78terp) said "... I hold the plant up in the air with darkness and shoot so that the flash is not bright enough to light anything beyond the orchid. I tape a piece of white paper loosely over the flash to soften the flash and keep the light from washing out the colors."
I experimented with " a piece of white paper loosely over the flash" and without. I used without, because I don't have a thin paper to cover the flash, most of my paper here are 80gsm (thick).
(That is why having a digital camera is soooo economical and dandy.)
Note: I'm still going to experiment with (onion skin) and without paper. because I still find the picture a bit bright, hence you can't see clearly the "blush".
Jervis, set up aperture of 16 or more on your camera, shutter speed 1/100 and make shure, that 2 or 3 meter behind your objekt, of which you wont to take a picture, is nothing. Use your camera flash and take a picture. The result should look like this.
Is't for you to bright, use packing paper, e.g for sandwich.
Great tips Mietek. I still do auto focus and a macro lens. still not mastered shutter speed and aperture settings