Garden Photography Class
- Take the safe shot first and then fine tune.
- Slow down...take your time (this is one area where I need to listen).
- Find a subject that you want to photograph and then keep fine tuning to find the best shot.
- Get eye level with what you are photographing
- The higher the number of the f-stop (aperture) the smaller the opening and more of the photograph is in focus.
- Try using the Aperture mode on the camera where I set the f-stop and the shutter speed is set automatically. This is particularly good for still shots.
- Use a tripod most of the time---buy a good tripod. Use especially for closeups and low light conditions but it is good to use it most of the time. ( I really need to work on this one)
- Turn off camera to change lenses.
- Don't delete in the camera
- Work on getting closer and filling frame with subject.
Purple and White Iris
Landscape Photography - class 2
- Move things out of center...imagine a grid like a tic-tac-toe and place center of interest at one of the intersections.
- Rarely put horizon line in center of photo (reflections are an exception)
- On dreary day eliminate sky from picture (or minimize it if you can't eliminate)
- Frame your photo...use trees--leaves etc. to frame the picture and draw your eyes into the scene
- Curved lines bring interest to photo
- Avoid bright spots near the edges..they draw you out of picture
- Most images fail because they are too busy and do not have a point of focus
- Use more vertical shots
- Layers give more depth i.e. flowers in foreground, lake, mountain, sky ...use wide angle 17-35 and get close to foreground
- For landscapes focus about 1/3 of the way into the photo and use a F16 aperture.
- Polarizer filter is great for fall shots.
Practicing Photographic Techniques
Garden Photography - class 5
- Light will tell you what to photograph and how to photograph.
- Polarizer works well on sunny days.
- Tips to photograph fireworks--bulb setting--ISO 400--Aperture F11-F16 Tripod is a must.
- You need to know the rules..but don't be afraid to go outside the box and break the rules.
- Try to photograph underneath flowers...get on the ground
- Wearing a hat forces you to look down..also great to take off and block sun from lens.
Books on Photography
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