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Garden & Plant Photography

PhotographingNatural Subjects

With Photographer Mike Sleigh from Polypodphoto

Photographing natural subjects can be especially challenging as you can be working under difficult conditions, the weather! wind, rain, changeable light

The subject may be moving, is too far away or is not looking at its best.

Actually seeing what you are shooting is as important as knowing how to take the photograph - its all down to the eye of the photographer

Having expensive equipment may not always help!

Are you happy with the quality of your photos? Quality can be dependent on the camera, how its been set up by the photographer and then how the camera is actually usedWhat can the photographer do to get better photographs? Its down to the ability of the photographer and also the capability of the camera equipment used

Picture Composition

Good subject composition and framing can turn an ordinary picture into a great photograph Points to consider before taking the photoLook at the subject and see whats in the shot can the shot be better composed or framed?

Is the light right? Does the photo/subject require good lighting? With natural subjects shooting in the RIGHT LIGHT is important to get a good result Can the camera be focused on the part of the photo that needs to be in focus? If a creative photo is required can it be taken with a compact camera? Camera shake leading to a blurred photo can be a problem - more likely when using the telephoto end of a zoom lens The Camera Has it got manual settings controlling Aperture and Shutter Speed (and ISO)?or has it got creative zone settings?To get better images its usually necessary to have some control over the shutter speed and aperture settingsPlants can move in the wind, light can change

ISO - change the ISO to suit the situationAutomatic Shooting - select pictograms/symbols for the type of target subjectAdvanced Shooting - selection of modes to suit the situation or setting the aperture and shutter speed independently

Shutter Speed & Aperture

Focusing Depth of Field Focal Length of Lenses

Types of Lenses

Camera Settings ISOImage Recording QualityRAW White Balance Flash on/flash off

Image Processing

Output Resolution, image size and quality

Printing

Photographic Equipment& Accessories Lenses wide angle, telephoto/zoom & macro Extension tubes and supplementary lensesFilters correction & polarizingTripods, Monopods, Camera bagsFlash guns, ReflectorsSome extra kit useful for Nature Photography:Background paper. Grey Card.Misc. Pegs, clamps, wire and tape.Waterproof bag/plastic sack.Small stepladder.Notebook & pen. Tablet computer. Mobile phone.And dont forget your waterproofs & boots!

Insects

Birds

People

Plants

Fungi

Trees

Views

Rocks

Skyscapes

Its all about being in the right place, at the right time with the right light! Mike Sleighpolypod@gmail.comwww.polypodphoto.co.uk