Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flower Photography Tools - What's in the Bag?

Flower and flora photography is something I definitely enjoy, and if I know that's what I'll be photographing on an outing there's certain things I bring with me. These are my favorites:

  1. Camera - Obviously :)
  2. 90mm Perspective control lens - I haven't used this one yet with flowers(just trees so far) and can't wait to try it out! It's also a macro lens so I'll be using it in place of my usual 90mm macro lens.
  3. 50mm 1.4 lens - The shallow depth of field makes for some fun with flowers.
  4. 80-200mm 2.8 lens - This is just in case I see some wildlife - which often happens while photographing flowers. You don't want to miss an opportunity to photograph goslings or herons!
  5. 28-70mm wide angle lens - This is just in case I see an amazing landscape
  6. Diffuser - This allows me to photograph even in harsh sunlight - just diffuse the sunlight and you have beautiful soft light - like a softbox!
  7. Reflector - I don't use this as often with flowers as the diffuser, but it can be helpful if you are wanting more directional light rather then really soft light.
  8. Filters - Just in case there's an amazing landscape. Probably would include a circular polarizer, and my 10 stop neutral density filter.
  9. Tripod - I actually hand hold most flower shots(take a really steady hand) but the tripod can be necessary at times, and will definitely be necessary if I'm using the 10 stop filter.
  10. Spares - Spare memory, and batteries
I actually haven't done a lot of flower photography in the last few years. I guess I'd grown a bit bored of it. I've since acquired a few new fun lenses, and I'm looking forward to my next chance to use them with flora. This kit also doubles as an insect photography kit. Though, if I knew I'd be focusing on insects I would trade out the 90mm PC lens with my 90mm macro since it has auto-focus.

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