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Category: Flowers and Plants

Fruit trees and plants - Apples, blackberries and even some varieties of nuts are starting to grow in the hedgerows and on the trees that decorate the UK and we're going to photograph them.

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Apple Tree

Gear

Your zoom lens is ideal for this as you can get in close to the fruit or take a step back and photograph the whole tree but if you're going for real detail, pack your macro lens. A tripod's useful but it's not always needed, especially as you'll be sticking your lens into bushes and branches which can be quite high up. But you may find a reflector handy for bouncing light into the areas darkened by thick foliage. If you're lucky enough to have fruit trees in your garden you may find a ladder handy so you can get in between the branches just make sure you're careful, we don't want to hear any stories of ePz members falling out of trees!

Technique
Try recording a sequence of photographs showing the various stages of the fruit growing, ripening and finally falling off. To do this you'll need to have a spot you can set your camera up in and return to every time. A sheltered area's good as this will stop the wind blowing your leaves and fruit off which would bring your project to an end rather early. Once you have your series try putting them together as a time lapse project which we've previously covered on ePz.

Overcast days are a good time to head out into the garden, especially if you're shooting close-ups of fruit. If you are, you may want to take a water spray out with you to give the apples, or whatever you're photographing a light covering of mist to make them appear more appetizing. Do experiment with your angles too as some fruits look better when looking directly down on them while others have a more interesting side profile. Just watch your head on the branches if you're going for a bird's eye view. Try shooting with the sun behind the leaves and fruit as this will make them glow. Position yourself so the sun is shielded from the camera by a branch to avoid flare or use your hand or lens hood to provide protection. This technique's one you should note for autumn too as golden leaves look great backlit.

To ensure the colour you capture is the colour you keep, use Datacolor - the Colour Management Experts.

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