(Sep 27, 2013, 11:47)czkid Wrote:
(Sep 27, 2013, 11:13)EdMak Wrote: Really, you are not to far away. If possible try and isolate the main item, sometimes a bit difficult. A bit of black cloth or similar will help.
This is where the power on post editing comes in, See this,
3mts. Photoshop, background could have been anything, literally, Cheers. Ed.
Thanks Ed! Copied the changes you made to my system so I could study what you did. I see what you are saying, and I really do have to get more expensive photo editing equipment. (In time). But, if I'm on the right track, I now know I have a lot of photoediting learning work to do. Again, it is so nice to have this forum where people help you. Pat
You do NOT need to "get more expensive photo editing equipment" until you completely understand what you've got or can get for free. Don't buy anything until you get to the point that your equipment/camera are limiting you in what you want to accomplish.
Try Picasa, or Gimp, or one of the other FREE editing programs.
Photography is capturing the light. Learn to look at and understand the light.
One thing I see on the image you posted, is that the light is very harsh and specular. Soft light is much more pleasing to the eye. Do NOT use the on-camera flash!
Use a tripod.
Open up your f
stop to blur the background more (unless you WANT that other branch cutting through the back of the bud/flower)
Use the lowest ISO you can manage.
Use a remote shutter release. If you don't have one, you can set the self timer so that the motion from your hand pushing the button won't blur the image.
And, as Ed said, use a backdrop. Nothing fancy, just something black that's not shiny. Even a piece of clothing like a jacket lining or a dark shirt.