05 Shoot snowdrops
An early bloom of snowdrops is the first indication that spring is on its way for many of us in the UK. It’s not unheard of to see them flowering just after Christmas, but late January is typically when they appear.
For more intimate shots, get low and eye-to-bud level with the plant. Changing to a wide aperture setting in Aperture Priority mode will enable you to blur distracting backgrounds, but use the camera’s Depth of Field Preview function to make sure you’re not losing any important detail in the snowdrops as you make necessary adjustments.
For precise focusing, mount your camera on a sturdy tripod and switch to Live View. Use the magnification button to zoom into the preview image and then simply tweak the focus ring to sharpen the images as needed before you take your final shot.
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* Snowdrops can fool your camera’s exposure meter – be prepared to dial in some positive Exposure Compensation.
* Match the white balance to the lighting conditions in order to avoid the white flowers taking on a colour cast.
* The lack of detail in the petals can cause autofocus to whizz back and forth, so use manual focusing (MF) instead.
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