Thanks everyone so much for all the anniversary well wishes! You guys are too sweet! You know who else is too sweet? My adorable boyfriend :) He bought me these beautiful flowers for our anniversary and I spent much of Saturday morning taking pictures of them. (Click to make it bigger)
Here's a few of those pics bigger for you to see
Aren't they just gorgeous?
I thought I'd share how I took these pics since I think they turned out pretty good....
Here's what I used:
- Canon Digital Rebel XT
- Canon 60mm f2.8 USM Macro Lens
- Remote Switch
- Black Vellux Blanket
- 2 Clamps
- Cardboard Box (for a display table)
- USB Cable to attach my camera to my computer
- Canon EOS Viewer & Digital Photo Professional Software
Here's what I did:
- Clamped the black blanket to some bookshelves next to a window letting in indirect sunlight
- Put the box under the blanket to make a table of sorts covered in the blanket
- Mounted the camera onto my tripod
- Attached the camera to my laptop with my USB Cable so I could shoot "tethered" (meaning the photos would automatically display on my laptop as I took them so I could see what kind of shots I was getting without having to look on the little LCD).
- Ran the EOS Viewer software and configured it to automatically store my images to a folder on my computer then ran DPP and told it to sync with that folder and display the images (this took me an entire day to figure out a few weeks ago - if you want to learn, check out this tutorial from Adobe.)
- Set ISO to 200, used the camera in Aperture priority mode (varying aperture depending on how many of the flowers I wanted in focus).
- Aimed the camera, hit the remote switch, and waited for the image to show up on my computer! This made it really easy to see what adjustments I needed to make.
So the coolest part of this whole thing is definitely the Tethered Shooting but it was not easy to set up. First of all, it requires software that for some insane reason, does not come in the box with the Rebel XT (or other recent cameras so I've heard). You can download it on the Internet but ONLY if you have a previous version of the software installed. It's so annoying.. anyway, I found this thread (and this one) that teaches you how to install the EOS Viewer Software if you don't already have it installed... (which I could only download from Canon Europe...)
Alright, go take pics of your flowers or something :)