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Buffrider

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Taking good pictures
« on: July 17, 2011, 11:12 PM »
Im looking for how to cheaply take pictures of my trees and making them look awesome. Set-up, lights, and all.  I have a Exilim 7.2 Mega Pixel digital camera and thats the best i can do for now. So help me out plssss. Thanks
 

MatsuBonsai

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Re: Taking good pictures
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 08:41 AM »
I would think you could get good pictures with a rather inexpensive camera. 

For years I used a cheap Kodak point and shoot with good results.  For the digital zoom cameras I always tried to get as close as possible, with a clean background, and plenty of natural light.  The flash (by itself) gave weird/strong shadows.  I had some success setting up spot bulbs to the side of the trees that seemed to help some.

For cleanup and to ready the images for posting I use a program called GIMP.  I typically crop (and rotate where necessary) to the image I want,  adjust colors (Colors -> Levels ->  Auto), resize to 800px wide or smaller, and save at 85-90%.  That typically yields a good sized clear image for discussion here.

See Mike Page's post demonstrating the difference in color levels:
http://bonsaistudygroup.com/forum-feedback/how-to-post-photos/msg1452/#msg1452
 

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Re: Taking good pictures
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 08:55 AM »
The link below should touch on most everything you need to know unless you're going to have your pictures published as a coffee table book.

http://octavia.zoology.washington.edu/bonsai/photography/