A Beginners Studio

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A Beginners Studio

Postby Dibbo » April 20th, 2017, 2:43 pm

Finally got around to setting up my shed into a temporary photography studio. I played around with 35mm film many years ago and decided to borrow my wife's Canon 600D and have a play. It turned out more difficult than I expected as I am not used to electronic SLRs but having fun all the same. Attached are some pics of the setup and some results. More work to be done re reflectors, lighting and background but the current setup did not cost me anything.

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Ficus Benjamina (1 of 1).jpg

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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby Boics » April 20th, 2017, 4:44 pm

Look much better than any Bonsai pic I've ever taken!
Nice!
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby KIRKY » April 20th, 2017, 4:47 pm

There both vey good shots. I'd be very happy if I could photograph my trees to looked that good :clap: i'd also be happy if they were my trees :whistle: great test subjects.
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby [ Kane ] » April 20th, 2017, 6:44 pm

Very good. Photography is one of my other hobbies ;) www.kanegledhill.com.au
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby tgward » April 20th, 2017, 6:59 pm

nice plants--- did you intend to have parts out of focus ?---
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby kcpoole » April 20th, 2017, 9:48 pm

Nice effort for the first go
A little over exposed on the sunny side but knock it back a bit should be good

I wish i had a decent spot to set up in as they are all on the southern side of the house for me and the sun is thus all wrong :crybye:
Maybe after the Renos i an do a nice setup spot :fc:

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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby Beano » April 21st, 2017, 7:15 am

Nice job! I find a white sheet or big white piece of cardboard bounces light back better than a foil reflector, and if you put it closer to the subject there will be less uneven lighting caused by the sunny side. The plant looks fine but you can see it in your buxus shot, the light gradient from one side of the table to the other. Still excellent shots.
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby Dibbo » April 21st, 2017, 8:33 am

tgward wrote:nice plants--- did you intend to have parts out of focus ?---


Yes I notice in this shot the very small depth of field. I took a lot of random shots of these trees playing around with depth of field. Obviously this one is too narrow. A couple of f-stops larger needed I think.
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby Dibbo » April 21st, 2017, 8:39 am

Thanks for all the positive comments people. And thanks for the tips. Will put them to practice soon. :wave:
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby Lane » April 21st, 2017, 11:34 am

This is one area I definitely need to work on too, appreciate you posting your efforts for all of us to learn from.
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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby PeterH » April 21st, 2017, 1:59 pm

Hi Dibbo,

Nice setup. The shots look like they need a better depth of field (DOF). I am not sure what mode you are using your camera in but I suspect its in auto or portrait. I use mine mainly in Aperture priority.This allows me to change the aperture and thus the DOF,the camera selects the shutter speed automaticly in this mode. If you take a series of shots at differant apertures you should find one that brings the whole tree into focus. Or you can try focus stacking.

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Re: A Beginners Studio

Postby Dibbo » April 21st, 2017, 5:56 pm

PeterH wrote:Hi Dibbo,

Nice setup. The shots look like they need a better depth of field (DOF). I am not sure what mode you are using your camera in but I suspect its in auto or portrait. I use mine mainly in Aperture priority.This allows me to change the aperture and thus the DOF,the camera selects the shutter speed automaticly in this mode. If you take a series of shots at differant apertures you should find one that brings the whole tree into focus. Or you can try focus stacking.

Kind Regards,

Peter


Thanks Peter,
I used Aperture priority and took a variety of shots but obviously did not take enough care in checking out the final product before posting. When I used my old 35mm Nikon and Pentax film cameras I knew exactly how much depth of field I was getting with each f-stop. Not so knowledgeable with the new fangled digital variety of camera I'm afraid but will get there I expect.
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