I get quite a lot of questions about my photography so I thought I would answer some of them here so that those who are interested can benefit too.
It’s quite an odd pass-time; taking photos of vegetables, but I love it. I just love the shapes and the colours and the light at different times of year.
One of my favourite things to do is to look at all my photos as thumbnails and you can almost see the changing seasons, as you can see from the photo above.
Here are some answers:
What type is my camera?
Canon 350D – it’s getting quite old now. Time for an upgrade?
What lenses and equipment do I use?
I’ve got a Sigma macro lens which I use for the extreme close-ups
What’s my computer and which photo editing software do I use?
I’m a Mac (not a PC) and I use iPhoto. I have a MacBook Air – very light and nice to look at.
Can I suggest any books to read on photography?
Yes! Please read 35mm by Michael Langford. It was written pre-digital cameras but is still as relevant today as it was back then.
Do I edit my photos?
Sometimes I crop them and ramp up the contrast if they’re a bit dull. But other than that not much. I have no idea how to use Photoshop.
Which are my favourite photos?
My favourite shot is the last one I took. I’m that fickle!
Can I teach you how to take photos?
Hmmm…it’s really difficult to teach someone how to ‘have an eye’ for a good photo. I’m not saying that I get it right all of the time but it’s one of those things that comes easier to some people than others. I would say learn how to use your camera first, then look at some great photography and copy some of the compositions. I do that all the time!
Interesting angles are best, don’t always go for the obvious shot. Light is very important. Sunny days are seldom ideal as the shadows cast can be very harsh. A bright overcast day is much better for photography. Also early morning and sundown are interesting times to take shots. You can get some great shots when the sunlight is coming in horizontally.
Here’s a tip from a hack photographer to other talent challenged people. Take 100 shots and then throw out 95 of them. The ones that are left will probably make you look pretty good – or at least 5 times better.
This is a timely post. It’s my birthday this week and I’m hoping for a new camera. The problem is, I can’t make up my mind which I like best.
And if you’re really pleased with your shots, you can always enter them into the photography competition I’m running on my blog!
Thanks for posting this. ‘Tis very interesting. It has made me more determined to get a Mac to replace our ageing PC though!
Macbooks all the way.. had my mac pro 2 years and no problems at all.
Keep up the nice shots!