I have a new camera, or rather my family has a new camera. It is a Sony Alpha 58, and it came with four different lenses. So I’m really looking forward to going out into the bush and shooting with it. However today it was raining…
… so that meant today would not have been a good day to look for orchids. Any way, I’ve been having fun walking through our garden at home, and taking pictures so that I can get a feel as to how this camera works and behaves. I’ve been enjoying manual focus, which was not practical on compact digital cameras.
The above picture of Grevillea superb and below I shot using the macro lens, while for the rain shot I actually used a telescopic lens.
Since this is OrchidNotes, I should probably be talking about orchids. Here is a short video that my brother, Joseph, made. He filmed before we bought the new camera. Hope you enjoy it.
Photographing orchid is an excellent way to enjoy orchids. Not only is it fun to find the orchid and photograph them on the field, but when you are home again, you can look over the pictures and enjoy looking at those orchids.
Some ask, “What camera do you use to get such clear picture?” Personally I use the Richo compact digital cameras. The reason is that these cameras have excellent macro focus allowing you to get within 1cm of the flower and it will still focus. Also this company offers a good service if you need a camera repaired, and it is affordable.
It is interesting to note that the above pictures were all taken with a 4mega pixel camera. However the next picture was takes with a Sony camera.
The above pictures is one of my favourites. I’ve always wanted to take a picture of a field of orchids, and here I was able to with a field of helmet orchids. It was interesting to discover that all the flowers were facing one direction, (partly why they can be easily seen in the above picture) in fact they were all facing south.
Here are some tips I use when photographing orchids:
Have the flower in focus (sometimes anti-shake helps)
Don’t use a flash – avoid black backgrounds and colour distortion
Try and capture the flower in the sunlight
Have the background slightly blurred so the orchid stands out, but not so much that it becomes a single colour
Take lots of photos from different angles, looking for unusual angles
Enjoy taking photo
Find a camera that suits you (this helps make it enjoyable, and you don’t need to pay a fortune)
Identify the Orchid (It could be you have photographed something that is rare or unusual)