4th October 2017
It’s that time of the year when Sydney and surrounding areas are blessed with colour, smells and abundant native flora! I have personally pulled out my macro and close-up lenses and have headed to the garden to capture close up, the world of our exotic native wildflowers.
I love the eccentricity of Australian native and exotic plants and flowers. The close up secret lives of these buds and stamens become a portal into other earthly worlds as their shapes and brilliant colours take on a life of their own.
For me, my flowers become stories, layered within my imagination. By giving them an alluring name, they take on their own personal uniqueness as a wonderful character.
So if you have an interest in photographing nature’s unique world what do you need to get started?
Firstly for Macro work you will need either a dedicated macro lens or a zoom lens with a macro setting. Otherwise, use a zoom lens say a 70 – 200mm to get up close and personal with your subject. There is also a selection of close up filters and lens that are available in photographic outlets.
If you are using a compact camera, there will be a macro setting somewhere on the dial and, of course, it will have a zoom!
It is advisable to use a tripod as in macro and close-up work you will more than not be using a very shallow depth of field.
What to consider:
1. Use a low ISO setting either 100 or 200 ISO to achieve maximum image quality.
2. Shoot RAW for max.picture information otherwise high res jpg.
3. Set the white balance to daylight
4. Don’t shoot in breezy situations
5. Decide what is your point of interest in the picture.
6. How much depth of field do you want – i.e. what degree of blur is important to the shot.
7. Remember to keep your backgrounds simple.
8. Don’t discount using your wide-angle lens to photograph masses of flowers, experiment from low or high angles.
9. Remember to observe where the light is and where it is falling on the subject
10. Experiment with different camera angles and observe the light – are you back lighting, front lighting or side lighting your flowers?
Remember the main objective with photographing flowers and small things in nature is to have fun doing it. Enjoy.
Sharon Hickey @ The Aperture Club