Floral Beauty in the Garden

Tammy Marlar’s guide to creating exquisite flower images this spring
Flowers are blooming in our gardens and across the countryside, making this the perfect time to put your botanical photography skills into practice; Tammy Marlar shows you how to capture standout images.

Make the flower, such as this pink dahlia, the dominant subject. Flowers are beautiful and intricate, and our images should accentuate their allure and infinite detail as much as possible.
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM lens, ISO 640, 1/200sec at f/5.6, handheld.
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Look for harmonious colours and storytelling details. With markings resembling eyes, a nose and a mouth, this seed head appears to be in conversation with the one next to it.
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM lens, ISO 200, 1/200sec at f/3.2, handheld.
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Rather than trying to get the whole subject, such as this eryngium seed head, in focus, choose a good plane of focus on the best angle of the flower, while paying equal attention to what is in your background.
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM lens, ISO 400, 1/200sec at f/4, handheld.
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Tell stories and elicit emotions where you can. I changed the orientation of this picture, as the seed head with the mass of flowing white seeds made me think of an American Indian chief, with his feathered headdress, on horseback.
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM lens, ISO 400, 1/300sec at f/7.1, handheld.
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Pick as perfect a flower specimen as possible. Noticing blemishes and removing cobwebs before you shoot an image can save you hours of retouching.
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM lens, ISO 400, 1/125sec at f/2.8, handheld.
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Floral Beauty in the Garden
more in Outdoor Photography – June 2017


Speeding Up Your AutoFocus

How to set up advanced Canon EOS DSLR for every type of action photography.

When you need a camera that can keep pace with fast action, it’s time to consider stepping up to one of Canon’s high-end enthusiast and professional DSLRs. As you may know, these camera bodies have sophisticated autofocus (AF) systems and a greater density of AF points in the centre of the viewfinder, in addition to their faster continuous shooting speeds.

The more AF points a camera has, the more effectively it can track a moving subject across the frame using AI Servo AF. But the sensitivity and precision of the sensor at each AF point makes a big difference, too. Standard AF sensors detect focus in just one plane, either horizontally or vertically. As the name suggests, cross-type sensors can detect both horizontally and vertically, while dual cross-type sensors are even more precise as they detect diagonally as well.

The number of AF points that are available and their precision is determined by the lens attached to the camera – or more precisely, by its maximum effective aperture. For example, ‘fast’ lenses – those which have large maximum apertures of f/2.8 or greater, such as the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM or EF 85mm f/1.8 USM – open up the full potential of the 5D Mark III’s 61-point AF array. But a lens with a relatively narrow maximum aperture may allow autofocus with only 47 AF points or fewer.

via PhotoPlus – The Canon Magazine

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How To Take The Ultimate Selfie

Love them or loathe them, everyone’s taking selfies. A quick scroll down your Facebook or Instagram feed will throw up umpteen examples of people holding their smartphone at arm’s reach trying to capture the perfect shot. And that’s where our snazzy looking infographic comes in.
Starting with the history of the selfie (yes, such a thing does exist), we give you some examples of how you can take the ultimate selfie, with inspiration from celebs and others who have taken notable selfies over the years. However, for every successful selfie, there are a handful of botch jobs and selfie ‘fails’, so we’ve included a few of those, so you know how not to take a selfie as well.
So whether you’re off on a night out with the girls, bump into a celebrity in the street or want to capture yourself in front of that famous landmark, our infographic should help you get the right shot.
by Chris Thomson

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‘How To’ shoot red wine

‘How To’ shoot red wine
In this ‘how to’ video Karl Taylor & Urs Recher look at the techniques required for good bottle product photography. In this case a bottle of wine is photographed in a small set to add ambience and style to the product. Enjoy!

Free portrait lighting guide: 24 essential studio lighting set-ups

Become a master of professional portrait lighting with these 24 essential studio lighting set-ups. Our free portrait lighting guide offers everything you need to know to get set up, plus illustrations of the effects.

studiosetup09aInvesting in a home studio kit is one of the best ways to take your portraits to the next level. You can light subjects from any direction, fix attachments to change the quality and spread of the light, and use a low ISO to ensure the highest image quality.

studiosetup09bBut flash can be a difficult beast to master, not least because the burst of light is almost instantaneous.

studiosetup09cThere are three main areas of control when using studio flash heads. First, you have control over the quality and spread of the light through use of attachments like umbrellas and softboxes.

studiosetup09dSecond, you can put the head wherever you choose: up high, down low, in front of or behind your subject, with each position changing the look of your image.

studiosetup09eThird, you can use the power settings on the flash to control the output, which becomes important when you start balancing the light from multiple heads.

studiosetup09fIn our free portrait lighting guide we explain how to control these three factors so you can begin to sculpt the light so it behaves exactly how you want it to, every time.

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How To Use A Colour Target

Sometimes, accuracy is more important than going with personal preference. Here’s how to use a colour target…

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Discover which camera accessories you really need, and how to use them.

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Camera Bag Essentials, the compact photography reference no photographer should leave home without!

via simplemag