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Robert Park
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/21/2005

How to shoot flowers

Hi I have a sony v1 digital camera.
i'm trying to shoot flowers but my colours are not accurate. my settings are all normal and I tried every white settings but none of them find the true color.

for example when I try to shoot a rose, the color on m lcd of the rode is lighter and a bit orange.

how do I get the dark red colour of a rose?

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6/25/2005 3:16:08 PM

Julie M. Cwik
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
  First off, you need to white balance to whatever lighting you have. If it's brighter (sunlight) then your over colors will be warmer, if you shooting in the shade, then your colors will be cooler (more blue). So, make sure you white balance, or if you want shoot the image then color correct in Photoshop. (Which is probably the easiest)

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6/25/2005 9:27:29 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/6/2001
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  My Sony also tends to be "off" on the reds. Maybe it's a Sony trait??

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6/26/2005 4:34:14 AM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Robert -

If you have more flower photos, than the one in your gallery, why don't you post them so that we can help you better? From looking at the flower in your gallery there are a couple of suggestions I can make that may, or may not, help. First the fact that your colors are washed out may not be anything to do with your camera. I have found that when trying to capture flower images it is best to shoot either in the early morning or late afternoon. The sun is lower in the sky and does not wash the colors out as much. I prefer early morning -mostly because in my area the light is usually at its best at that time. Also, I love cloudy, overcast days for making these type images. Once again, the darker sky keeps the colors more accurate and more vivid. The sun, particularly the mid-day sun, tends to bleach out the reds, greens and other vivid colors that flowers often have. In addition to time of day, I have found that by slightly underexposing the image that reds tend to pop a bit more.

I hope that this helps a little.


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6/26/2005 7:12:36 AM

Robert Park
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/21/2005
  Thank you all for your help!!!!! They're truly appreciated and your comments actually are very helpful to me!

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6/27/2005 12:38:42 AM

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