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Photographing Autumn Leaves – DIY Studio


This post is a continuation of my previous post on Autumn Leaves.

Another series of shots that my Canadian friend had taken were close up shots single leaves. The leaves were backlit with a warm glowing sunlight and showed a lot of detail.

As I was looking at the images I reflected to my friend how challenging I found outdoor macro photography to be on days that had even the smallest breeze that might move the subject.

He told me that he got around that problem by photographing these leaves inside and not outside. I was a little shocked at this – because the light looked natural and I on some of them I could see a background with outdoor features.

My friend shared his ‘secret’ – he would go on leaf hunting expeditions in a local park and bring back the best specimens to his home.

The front room of his house had a lovely large window with lots of natural light. He would take a leaf and put cello-tape across the stem of the leave and stick it flat against the window. In doing this he created a perfectly still subject (no breezes inside), natural backlight and if he wanted it an ‘outdoor’ background.

He then would set up his camera on a tripod, attach his macro lens and start shooting in his do it yourself Autumn leaf studio.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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