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Dreamstime's Field of View II - Question 1

We're back for a new round of Dreamstime's Field of View and many thanks for your help in making last month's Field of View campaign such a success! You can see the result of all your great input HERE.

Together you helped create a great resource for the general photographer community as well as promote Dreamstime to drive traffic to the site. Now we'd like to call on you again, for help with the next month's campaign. As Earth Day is fast approaching (April 22), we have chosen an overarching nature theme for these questions. We look forward to hearing your tips on capturing all the beauty that nature has to offer!

Here's the first question:

What are your top tips for capturing detail in nature (individual blades of grass, the texture of tree bark, etc)?
Posted: 03/26/2012, 10:06:03 AM
Ok, to capture nature in detail, a macro lens and a nice tripod are a must, a spray to splash some water drops on the leaves, flowers, etc.. help enhance the image, for insects a faster shutter speed to freeze the moment and a lot of patience, hehe...

To enhance the texture, look for side lighting and enhance contrast in post processing. You can use a fill flash as well (its better when its dettached from the camera) and a reflector to have the light you want if its not there.

When in the woods, look for the macrophotography world, fungus, likens, leaves, its a world to discover,

Leaves look nice backlit against a strong sun, spider webs photograph well when lit against a dark background.

Sun rays inside the woods might look awsome when there is some dust or water in the air (like early mornings).

I hope this helps.
f/4L Canon EF 70-300mm IS/USM f/4-5.6 Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM/Macro ...
Posted: 03/26/2012, 10:31:47 AM
tripod, small reflectors and grey card
Posted: 03/26/2012, 11:10:16 AM
The few that I have in my port were done indoors. I used a lightbox below the subject, overhead umbrella lighting, colored gels, reflectors, macro lens, tripod, shutter cable and lots of bracketing.

First I got everything set up, did testing with dummy set ups, then went outside to gather the subjects. Also used mist spray and worked fast.
Canon bodies and lenses.
Posted: 03/26/2012, 23:42:24 PM
When I go fishing I always take my camera. Close-ups of pretty trout with nice color might sell well to fishing magazines. Take your camera on your next fishing trip.
Autoreflex TC 35MM camera and various lenses though I rarely shoot fi...
Posted: 03/27/2012, 00:08:35 AM
Take pics of small subjects on eye-level ! Absolutely creates the best pictures. Lay flat on your stomach or whatever but get there, in with your subject(s).
Nikon D3,D300,D810 lenses from 14mm to 600mm
Posted: 03/27/2012, 07:47:47 AM
"Lateral light" is the only key of getting detail of any kind of texture. Lateral light (or side lighting) creates shadows, and shadows creates the illusion of dimension.
f2.8 - Nikkor 50mm f1.4 - Nikkor 50mm f1.8 - Tamron 90mm f2....
Edited: 03/27/2012, 09:34:08 AM
I would add, that one can use a normal portrait lens in an enhanced macro "mode" by reversing its position, i.e. attached to the camera by its front and pointing to the object by its back... one can "zoom-in" the macro even further if you have a fully open telephoto lens on the camera and stick the other one to it as described above. Only problem is to fix the lenses together, sometimes one can use adaptor rings for this purpose. Also a lot of light is needed to fill in the scene.
photos), Canon PS-A610 (rarely, very good at macro with ada...
Edited: 03/29/2012, 05:33:39 AM
One simple trick is you can purchase a stand and clips that attach to both the stand and the object, such as a flower. This will hold the flower steady; it doesn't take much of a breeze to move plants and get them out of focus when doing closeup detail shooting.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 03/29/2012, 06:00:47 AM
In a natural setting it's a matter of timing and patience. Getting just the right light may require waiting for the sun to be at just the right angle. Using a tripod whenever possible and bracketing your photos to capture the right light. Revisiting natural areas at different times of day and different seasons will reveal changes and open up new photo opportunities.
Canon 50D and assorted lenses.
Posted: 03/29/2012, 10:06:12 AM
Thank you for the useful input. We now move on to Question Two here
Posted: 04/03/2012, 03:47:01 AM