Monday, 4 July 2016

August 2016 Project - Summer Flowers & Vegetables

For meeting Monday August 8th 2016 at 3pm

There will be an arboretum photo scavenger hunt on August 2nd. 

Tips on photographing flowers. 

(These pictures were all taken with a small point and shoot camera.)

1.  Get as close as you can

Use your camera's macro lens if it has one. It is usually indicated by a small flower. This will allow you to get closer. 

2.  Hold the camera still for a few seconds to let it adjust to the light before you shoot. 

3. You can have the flower to one side of your picture and still be in focus. 

Focus on the subject by holding the shutter down halfway and then move the camera a bit so the flower is no longer in the centre, then without letting go, press the shutter all the way. This works really well to take a picture of more than one person too. 

4.  Turn off the flash if your pictures look washed out. 

If you're in a shaded area your camera may want to use flash which will distort colours. On your camera menu no flash is usually indicated by a lightning bolt with a line through it. 

On this camera you turn the flash off here:

With flash:

Without flash:

This setting will likely revert back to auto flash when you turn your camera off. 

5.  Try using your zoom. 

This may make your picture better even if you are already close. Optical zoom (where your lens physically moves) is better than digital zoom. 

6.  A cloudy or overcast day may be better than bright sunlight. 

The clouds will act as a natural diffuser to avoid harsh light but you decide which you like better - go out on a day with rapidly moving clouds and take shots with and without sun. 

White flowers are hard to get in bright sunlight. 

Get a friend to cast a shadow for you and see if that helps :-)

7.  Look for a less busy background. 

People and cars are distracting unless you want them in the picture. 

Same flower at a different angle. 

On the other hand a contrasting coloured flower would make a nice background. 

8.  Try taking shots during or after rain. 

If it doesn't rain get a spray bottle and mist the flower. 

9.  Don't forget the leaves. 

Green is beautiful too and so are vegetables! Your patio garden is an excellent place to take these photos. And there will be nice water droplets after the garden is watered. 

10. The flower doesn't have to be perfect. 

Flowers that are past their prime are interesting subjects and so are buds. 

We'll be going on a field trip on an photo scavenger hunt at Guelph Arboretum on August 2nd. 
Please email 5-6 summer flower pictures to Melissa or bring them to the next session to share with group.
Next Session: Monday August 8th at 3pm. 

More examples of flower and vegetable pictures from Melissa:

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