The Joy of flower photography

 by Andrea Mai

Flower photography has really become an exploding area of photography. There is something so amazing to capture the blossoming beauties and knowing that its blooms won’t always be there. You have to be present and enjoy the moment as it is. It’s not about wishing for something better or waiting for the future. Flowers are a beautiful reminder that life is fleeting, so you have to live it fully. Currently photography of gardens from around the world, especially England and France has become a joy to experiance.

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Taking the best shot when it comes to portrait photography can be pretty difficult. When you consider that there are so many camera settings, cameras, and even framing options for you to choose from, it can get confusing to know just where to get started. But just because it can get confusing doesn’t mean it has to. If you keep a couple of tips in mind when trying to snap some portrait shots, you’ll be able to get the shots of your dreams and ensure that your client is happy with the photos you’ve taken of them.

Often one of the most common tricky situations is to get the lighting just right on your subject. Unfortunately, we can’t adjust the sun’s light. What we can do, however, is use a reflector to brighten up a subject’s face. Reflectors will utilize different types of surfaces, usually white, gold, and silver in order to brighten up the subjects. Silver and white both have their unique uses. Gold should specifically be use only in outdoor situations, as it looks strange indoors. Silver and white will banish some of the shadows that were making your subject look sinister.

We take a deeper look at the type of equipment and accessories most commonly used to enhance and embellish your photography experiance

There are so many products on the market, photography accessories can be a confusing area to navigate. Photography is an industry like any other, so it’s always trying to sell you something new. It can be difficult to know what you need and what you don’t need.

That’s why we have teamed up with Expert Photography  to help you navigate the robust photography marketplace. In this post, you will find 20 essential camera accessories every photographer needs today.

1. Lens Cleaners

Camera maintenance is one of the less glamorous aspects of being a photographer. But it has to be a top priority. Cameras and lenses are expensive and delicate, so you need to take care of them. And keeping your lens clean is the first part of the process.

Even with a lens cap, the outer glass can attract a lot of dust. Every time you remove the cap, dust particles get stuck to the lens. This also happens with the glass element at the other end. It can pick up dust every time you detach the lens from the camera body.

The MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths are perfect for keeping your lenses dust-free. They’re soft with a very fine weave, so they don’t scratch the glass. They pick up all particles, so your photos stay clear and clean.

2. Camera Strap

Not many camera accessories are more essential than a camera strap. No matter what camera you use, you’ll need a camera strap of some kind. It’s impossible to work without one. And it’s much safer as you’re far less likely to drop it.

The Peak Design Slide is an excellent all-purpose neck strap. It will attach to all DSLR and mirrorless cameras. And it has quick-adjuster handles so you can get the perfect fit. It’s strong, stylish, and won’t let you down.

If you want something more minimal, the Eorefo rope strap might be the one for you. It’s a rugged neck strap that’s usable with any type of camera. It’s simple and stylish.

For compact cameras, you can go for the lanyard-style neck strap. The quick-release option from Digital NC is the perfect thing for small cameras.

 

3 Tripod

Tripods are essential camera accessories for many types of photographers. They keep your camera steady, so you can avoid camera shake. Tripods are used in fine art, product, and portrait photography. And landscape photographers can’t work without them.

Manfrotto makes excellent camera accessories. And if you’re in need of a lightweight tripod, their compact aluminium ball-head tripod is an excellent option. The pan and tilt head gives a fantastic range of movement. And the extendable legs give you excellent height range.

If you need something smaller, the Joby Gorilla Pod is one of the best tripod options. The flexible legs give you creative control. And they can grip onto posts and tree branches.

A tripod might be too slow to set up for each shot for a sports photographer or photojournalist. You’ll need a monopod. They keep your camera stable but allow you to move around quickly. The Benro Adventure 3 is our top pick for monopods.

4. PRO Complete Kit with Backpack (CITI600/CITI400/CITI300/PIKA200 PRO)

The PRO Complete kit with Backpack provides you with the full PRO series of flash lighting all being battery powered portable TTL monolights that feature a self-contained rechargeable Battery (no more extension lead/long power cables), the High-Speed Studio Powerful Stroboscopic Flash that gives access to TTL metering which quickly provides you with the perfect exposure especially important for any fast pace / busy shoot.

Features
  • New & Improved Integrated PIXAPRO 2.4GHz Radio Transceiver System for full TTL metering.
  • Compatible with the PIXAPRO One System
  • Stable Color Mode to give you an accurate colour temperature
  • Utilises IGBT technology for Super-Short Flash Durations, great for freezing motion.
  • High Speed Sync mode up to 1/8000th
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display
What’s In the Box
  • 1x CITI600 PRO
  • 1x CITI400 PRO
  • 1x CITI300 PRO
  • 1x PIKA200 PRO
  • Backpack