Re: photographing henna

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Posted by Kenzi on May 17, 2002 at 21:33:38:

In reply to: photographing henna posted by jeanie on May 17, 2002 at 18:28:57:

In my honest opinion, and based on experience, nthing is more
important to good henna photography that a macro lens. I like to get
close enough to the skin so that the design fills the frame and for
that you need a macro lens (aka close-up lens). A normal camera
usually can't focus on anything closer than a foot or two. Some
macro lenses let you get within an inch or two of your subject. I
was helping a friend pick out a digital camera and one of them let
you get within 1.5 inches! You could photograph ants with that!

Most mid-range digicams come with macro lenses. If you have a point-
and-shoot film camera there might not be anything you can do, but ask
at your local camera store. If you have an SLR you can either buy a
macro lens which screws on in place of your regular lens. Another
option, and what I did with my SLR, is a series of screw on filters.
They usually come in a set of three and you can use one alone for a
certain distance or screw one onto another onto your lens to get up
really close.

At my site, linked below almost all the newer henna photos and all of
the jewelry photos were taken with my Fuji 4700 digital camera using
its built-in macro lens. The jewelry photos were taken with
professional lighting but that is not always available when
photographing henna, in which case the flash is good or direct
sunlight. Usually I set my flash to its lowest setting AND tape a
piece of kleenex over the flash to diffuse it.

Hoep this helps.


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