Bonsai photography

If done correctly with a black cloth, it would look like your pot is floating :slight_smile:

With a white cloth, if the depth of field is correct, it would look like your object is in an infinite stretch of white.

Currently in a spare bedroom:

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Keep shooting, keep practicing, and have fun. Are these continuous or strobe lights?

Thanks. Continuous lights

Glad to see people photographing their trees. Since this topic has resurfaced, and I recently took some shots myself, I figured I would share. Detail photos, not whole trees. All shot with a Nikon D5200 using a Nikon prime 50mm f1.2, with natural light.


Yeh! They are nice shots. Must get me a prime lens

Watch out, that’s a slippery slope :wink:


Been there and done that way back in the 35mm film days. But my Mrs has some old 35mm cameras and I just found an old manual focus prime 50mm f1.2 lens. That believe it or not fits my D7200. Happy days.

Lucky you… I’m pondering getting an adapter to mount my Summicron-R 1:2/50 or my old Japanese Nikkor-S 1:1.4/50 (and assorted zooms) on my Canon. Looking back, I should have bought a Nikon DSLR :wink:

I’m lucky that my partner is a huge photographer. She has travelled the world etc she also shoots underwater. We both have D7200’s. But she has the lenses :grinning:

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While we are at it, without any pretention I also take pictures of trees in all their delicate beauty. Here is Acer rubrum flowering for us !

I use a simple Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 camera.


Great setup! I would continue to play with light locations. Try putting each light at a different distance and angle. Your first image is well exposed, but comes off flat because you don’t see any shadows. Read up on lighting setups for models… pretty much the same idea. :wink:

You may also be aware of this, but with a telephoto lens, your distance will also affect how distorted or flattened the tree will appear. All the talk about prime lenses below is fun, but you should play with your telephoto + distance to find the combo that you like. Honestly, you should be able to get the results you want for now with the tools you have.

Also, iron & tumble dry your sheets. The wood platform (cutting board?) below is another good option. Organic materials would generally do well.

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Do you find a warm or a cold light better for taking pictures of trees?

I find a slightly warm tone to suit my needs better but I’m sure you could go the opposite way. I do think though, that I prefer a little more cold images for the spring though.

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Hi, now a days I just take photos because most of my friends always for

get to take photos of their trees. I try to take in different angles. I use a Nikon D5300.