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Lisa B. North
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
 

Shooting in a Botanical Gardens Green House


I should have asked this questions a few days ago, but I just thought of it now! Tomorrow I'm going to the Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Gardens. I was shooting with a Canon Powershot Pro 1, but just recently purchased the Canon Rebel XTi SRL. I love to shoot macro and just got a Canon Macro lens EF 100mm. Any helpful hints for shooting in a botanical greenhouse? And any expert advise for shooting with my new camera & lens for this event? I have an "eye", but I'm not too technical. I would like to improve upon this!!

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to answer!! I really appreciate it! Orchid shows don't come around too often!


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3/6/2007 3:09:10 PM

 
Sherry K. Adkins
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  Lisa, when shooting macro, your depth of field is small. I usually try to use a tripod with a slower shutter speed which gives you a smaller aperature,(which gives a greater depth of field). The problem in Botanical Gardens is the use of tripods, some allow them and others don't. You might check ahead of time to see if they allow tripods. If not, you may have to bump up your ISO, to allow for faster SS. I don't know anything about your new Camera. I shoot with Nikon, but the basics are the same.


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3/6/2007 7:25:32 PM

 
W.   
Bring your flashgun. More light = greater DoF = shorter shutter speeds = no tripod . . .

Have fun!


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3/6/2007 8:06:27 PM

 
Lisa B. North
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Thanks Sherry A...unfortunately, I did read on their website that no tripods were allowed so I will try bumping up the ISO. ANd W.S.., I do not have a flashgun, but will look into it in for future shows.

Thanks to both of you!


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3/6/2007 8:09:43 PM

 
Lisa B. North
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Have postphoned my trip until Thurs due to bad road conditions so anymore responses would be greatly appreciated!


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3/7/2007 6:08:37 AM

 
W.   
An excellent opportunity to get a flashgun....


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3/7/2007 6:28:04 AM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  For taking macro shots only inches from the subject, the Canon MT-24EX Twin Lite or the Canon MR-14EX Ring Lite are more appropriate. These lights attach to your 100mm macro lens nicely (both 58mm in diameter). The regular shoe mount flashgun needs at least a few feet minimum distance to the subject and the angle of head cannot be lowered enough to cover this short distance. I haven't been to the NY Botenical Garden but I had taken pictures at the Longwood Garden in PA using 100 speed slide film. If the weather is fine, you should have no problem shooting handheld. You can also select higher ISO setting. I did not bring a reflector last time but I would recommend you getting a small reflector with you (if someone can hold that for you while you are shooting). Hope this helps.

Here's one pic I took at the Longwood Garden using the same lens as yours:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=2605435


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3/7/2007 7:13:09 AM

 
Michael A. Bielat
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/23/2007
  I am in NY myself and have been to the Gardens many times. I hear ya about the crummy weather conditions!

I would have to say, visit some websites or check out some great photos online of flowers and get your inspiration for what you want to achieve.

Then go in and try to mimic it. You may even be lucky enough where people list what they did to help you recreate them.

If all else fails, then just keep a steady hand and get your f/stop to allow as much light as you can in so you can still have a sharp image.
You could also try propping your camera on a railing, wall or sturdy fixture to help "tripod" your camera.


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3/7/2007 8:47:39 AM

 
Lisa B. North
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Thanks everyone for your responses! Although I can't quite afford the ring lights/twin lights, what a neat thing! Never knew about those, but as I do lots of macro, will have to save up! Loved the photo!

And will try to do my best to keep steady & get lots of light in. Wish I could use a tripod, but I bet everyone would be bring theirs and everyone would be tripping! Would turn out to be a hazard! I'll just be happy to be warm inside with beautiful flowers! Hope to post a good one on my Betterphoto gallery!


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3/7/2007 10:31:14 AM

 
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