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Taking Macro Photo's of flowers

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How to take good quality macro photo's
i will mainly be talking about flowers but this method applies to most macro image taking
 
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Step 1: Equipment needed

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you will need the following
a camera (duh)
a tripod (quite helpful)
steady hands (very important)
ability to put the images onto your computer for the world to see through flickr (optional)

Step 2: How to do it

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first make sure your camera is on macro mode( the icon usually looks like a flower)

-proceeding to the photo taking:
- make sure that flash is turned off as it will screw with your pictures, sometimes you are able to get away with using slow-syncro if the settings permit this.
-take your camera and center the viewfinder on your subject trying not to use the zoom function as this fuzzes your image, but if you must don't exceed around 2.5x.
-holding down the shutter button on most cameras auto-focuses the camera and them depress the rest of the way to take your macro image.

with a little practice you will be producing beautiful images in no time

Step 3: Gimpifying

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gimp is a free program similar to photoshop but without the outrageous price
YAY!!

using hue and saturation under the color menu allows you to change to image color as i did in the example.

this will mess with the background color slightly as nothing is perfect, except ME
rrrmanion4 years ago
- only digital zoom Fuzzes" ( blurs) your image - flash can be useful, as it removes shadows , but make sure you use fill flash.
noodleguy4 years ago
 Here's my Macro shots using a Nikon Coolpix L19. The shot was done outside and the flash is switched off.
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joey25426674 years ago
I have that exact same camera so here are some I took.
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firemanfu (author)  joey25426674 years ago
i actually upgraded to a DSLR about a year ago, but your shots look beautiful.
thanks!
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
I can't vote for you in the flower contest because this instructable is entered in the Photojojo contest which is currently being judged. Uh oh.. I found a bug.
ya, ima win the photojojo contest........... is that a dandelion btw?
firemanfu (author)  deth2all6 years ago
in the gimp step it is in the others i have no idea what that flower is but i'll ask my mom
firemanfu (author)  Mr. Rig It6 years ago
just make sure to vote for it when the judging for photojojo is over
Mr. Rig It6 years ago
Your camear takes nice pictures. I really like them, good job!
firemanfu (author)  Mr. Rig It6 years ago
thanks, my camera is a 2007 panasonic DMC-TZ3 i was trying to convince my dad to get a dslr but he wouldn't
cry_wolf6 years ago
Here are some i have taken :D
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firemanfu (author)  cry_wolf6 years ago
they look good
Thanks :D
=SMART=6 years ago
Damn you! i was going to make this, but you beat me to it, lol congratulations though, and nice instructable :D
firemanfu (author)  =SMART=6 years ago
thanks
theRIAA6 years ago
"make sure that flash is turned on or set on automatic if there is not enough light on already." NO! nononononono, flash ruins ALL pictures, and flashed flower picture would be un-usable and unless you're a professional, a tripod is more constricting than necessary. are you shooting flowers indoors?! go outside during a sunny day "trying not to use the zoom function as this fuzzes your image." you might have to take a couple steps back, but I prefer a little zoom, because it will blur the background more. (with the same F) if you have to shoot in low light, use a tripod, if you don't have a big enough tripod, use no flash, high iso, 2 second timer, and when the camera is about to shoot, very slowly sweep the camera in one direction to avoid hand gidders. you shouldn't have to up the contrast so much, even if you don't have manual controls, you should be able to up the exposure a little, and put it in "vivid" mode or something. then go back, in gimp, and sharpen it a little, and use some curves and levels equivalent. and I don't like that tripod from DX, it always falls over
firemanfu (author)  theRIAA6 years ago
for the flash comment i am usually shooting outside so it is off but inside i use slow syncro for partial illumination i disagree with the zoom comment as i prefer just the flower in the image i don't like the tripod either and i will add you as a collaborator since you seem to know your fair share of information.
sometimes you can have only the flower framed, with some zoom. I like close up shots too. thanks for that, but I don't know what i'll change /:
firemanfu (author)  theRIAA6 years ago
i like most images real close up and find that zoom screws with them in a way i dislike
like so:

flower 4x 2.8F
flower 1x 2.8F
leaf 4x 2.8F
leaf 1x 2.8F

no SLR, just a canon A620 with CHDK firmware to maintain F stop at tele.
firemanfu (author)  theRIAA6 years ago
wait... do you have image stabilization? why are you using flash!
firemanfu (author)  theRIAA6 years ago
yes i do have image stabilization and as i said i only use flash when i'm on slow synchro inside when i'm outside it never gets used
and slow sync might work if you use it right, but you have to go back and hue the blue out only, and i don't think you can hue a soft area of color range in gimp :/
I HATE FLASH! Other than that, good job!
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