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Pink Rose

By m_mannion
Rose taken in back garden, with 18-70 standard lens, built in flash. not edited

Tags: Rose Flowers and plants

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Davesumner 16 28 300 Australia
21 Jul 2010 2:47PM

Great shot of a rose and nicely seen however, there are several things that you can do to improve this shot. First of all get a tripod, it is a much better option that the built in flash which on 99.9% of cameras is pretty useless. If possible, use a off camera flash so you can choose the direction from which the light comes. The tripod will allow you to take a longer exposure and as long as the wind isn't blowing, you probably won't need a flash. The lower petals have caught the flash light and are bordering on overexposure so this is another reason to use a longer exposure and natural, available light.

Be more mindful of your composition, here you have it a little too central and have managed to cut off some of the petals even though there wasn't really any need to do that. For me Roses are a particulary hard subject because the depth of field needs to be right because there isn't really a single point of interest like stamen or seeds etc.

Also just watch the focus, use a single point focus so that you know where the camera has focussed and you can control it more. Your image is a little soft and could do with being sharper.

Keep trying as the only way to learn is to get out there and take pictures, don't be afraid to experiment and try all angles and settings.

Hope this helps

barmymarny 12 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2010 9:25PM
Some great adice above. Hope you like the mod - I have given it a painterly effect.

Marilyn x
22 Jul 2010 3:26PM
Thank you for the comments of help i'll be sure to sure them. The edits are great just shows what you can do with a simple picture. thank you very much.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2010 8:17AM
Yes, all said. Basis of a good image in your original, but needed thouht and work. Don't spurn software - we used to pull all sorts of tricks in the wet darkroom whatever the purists might say - digital has just made it very much easier to 'create' that final image - the camera is just the initial tool.


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