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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; Thanks Harvey (78terp) for teaching me how to take photograph in complete darkness to focus ...

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    Default Phalaenopsis NOID (Photography Black Backdrop testing)

    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)
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    Very nice! Orchid and images!

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    Very nice flower and excellent photography too.

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    Thanks guys. I now have a new ALIBI for doing something in the dark...hahahaha

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    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!

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    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'.

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    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".

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    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.
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    Great tips Mietek. I still do auto focus and a macro lens. still not mastered shutter speed and aperture settings

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