Garden photography tips: how to take professional pictures of plants
Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
Clive carries several lenses, but his favourite is an EF 180mm f/3.5 L Macro USM zoom. It’s a robust lens that delivers spectacular results for his style of work.
He manually focuses and sets his Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II to Aperture Priority (Av) mode so he can have full control of the depth of field. When shooting with the aperture wide open at f/3.5, the background is blurred, making the flowers pop out.
Mini compact tripod
Clive’s Manfrotto 058B collapsible tripod is sturdy and versatile. All three legs slide up and down simultaneously when you press just two quick-release levers, so Clive can reposition his tripod quickly in response to changing weather conditions.
While this tripod will collapse to near ground level, Clive also carries a Bogen Manfrotto 709B Digi – a mini compact tripod that’s handy for getting really low.
Remote shutter release
Clive often shoots at slow shutter speeds, sometimes as slow as half a second. Naturally, he uses a sturdy tripod to minimise shake, but he also uses a Canon RS-80N3 remote switch. This enables him to take a photo without touching the camera body.
Using the remote switch in conjunction with his camera’s Mirror Lock-up function, he can shoot without any camera vibration ruining his shots.
PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Garden photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Final garden photography tips from our professional photographer
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
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on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Macro, Photography Tips.
Tags: plant photography, professional photographer