We Simplify The Technical!

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Show Notes for Episode 26: Wildflower Photography ft. Roger Hammer
The Florida Master Naturalist Program: http://www.masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu/

Roger retired from Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center in Miami-Dade county, one of first citrus farmers in Florida. As of today, he has photographed 96 of Florida’s native orchids.

Falcon Guides (Florida Icons: 50 Classic Views Of The Sunshine State

The specific regional ones are the most helpful, because the larger a region the book covers, the less useful it becomes.

“You’d be better served by putting your money in to the lens than the camera body.”
– Roger Hammer
Roger wants the highest DOF possible. He likes working in Aperture Priority mode; he sets fstop and it picks the speed. Almost all of his shots are betweeen f22-f46; most of them are f32 if he can get away with it.

Equipment Roger uses and recommends:

Full-frame camera

105mm Nikkor 2.8 macro lens

A good, lightweight tripod

Wired shutter release (not wireless ones because they have a delay)

Light diffusing umbrella (below) – it dilutes the brightness, such as a white flower in full sun. It also blocks the wind and takes away shadows and bright/hot spots. You either lay it on the ground or hold it strategically.

Wimberley plamp (below) – It is recommended to attach it on the leg of a separate tripod; if you do it on the one you’re using, the shutter will vibrate it a bit. Roger carries a small lightweight tripod.

Finding flowers:
– Regional guide books

Editing photos:
– Roger said his best editing advice is to “field photoshop”, which means picking things out of the photo before you take the photo. Typically this includes straight lines through the pic (such as pine needles, sticks, etc), spiderwebs, etc.
– You don’t need Photoshop: Open the photo on your computer, click “Tools”, and click Adjust Color. From there, you can adjust the contrast, brightness, sharpness, tint, and saturation.
– Roger uses Photoshop to get rid of blemishes, spots, tears on leaves, or imperfections in the flowers.

See you next week for episode 27!

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