When I started photography I made a daft mistake, which cost me my pride but taught me a valuable lesson.
Check everything before you start.
It was in the days of film, so a while ago.
I love the sound of film clunking though a camera, it's just so satisfying.
I could listen to it all day.
I'm fortunate to be able to photograph gardens, public and private, large, small, contemporary, country, you name it and usually by myself. This particular day, I was photographing a very attractive, small-manor garden, tall hedges all immaculately groomed and I could see why. A honed, bronzed figure slowly approached me, stripped to the waist. He smiled and talked about photography, (it often happens). Whew, had it got a few degrees hotter?
I needed to get on, the light was good and the garden too. I got my camera out, fixed up my tripod and slightly nervously clicked away. Hoping that Adonis was paying attention to the hedge not me.
Hmm, this film was lasting a long time, then feeling of embarrassed I realised that there was ...
there are only 36 frames on a film, what was I thinking about? Half the garden photographed and nothing to show for it.
So here's my checklist-for garden photography, no matter what's going on, how little time you have, that light is looking mighty pretty etc etc:
1 Camera properly attached to tripod (yes, I have had one bounce off my foot)
2 Set to correct settings:
-Raw (or Nef whatever your camera)
-Iso-correct for conditions (as low as you can go for crispness)
-Aperture priority (for me anyway, to control background blur)
-Exposure settings-keep checking as you go along as you will be changing them all the time.
3 Mirror lock-up and cable release attached to prevent camera blur
4 Make sure there is a memory card in the camera.
I'd love to hear your funny tales if you have any, it can't just be me, can it?
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