Seeing Red

I was reading some posts expressing frustration with trying to capture the color red with a digital camera when photographing flowers.  Despite all efforts, they were unable to produce an image that resulted in the true color.

I feel their pain! grrr!!!

As was explained in a response ~ this is one of the problems with digital photography.  The camera sensor doesn’t seem to capture reds particularly well (especially on the automatic setting…)

Well gee, thank you very much for that insight, it’s ever so helpful! (<—that's sarcasm, obviously)

Here are my most recent attempts:




Not bad, I guess… at this size… but I’m thinking they potentially could be not-so-great enlarged(except maybe the last one, which is kinda cool regardless.)

So here are a few tips:

  • Proper exposure ~the perfect combination of shutter speed and lens opening for the ISO speed being used ~ is helpful. (that seems straight forward enough, but trust me, this takes a lot of practice!)
  • Photos of flowers (of any color – but especially red) should never be taken in direct sunlight.
  • If you want to photograph the flowers in your garden wait for an overcast day.
  • If you want to take the photo when the sun is shining on it, try to shade the flower with your body ~ or have someone hold something above it for you for shade.

Even using these tips, the results aren’t always great.

Of course, there are also plenty of editing programs that can aid you in adjusting the saturation… just be careful not to over-do the editing (how many times have I written that?!?) ~ when you adjust saturation keep in mind you are doing so for the entire photograph unless you are using a program where you can pick your subject and adjust only that part.

Most importantly, I think, are these 2 things:

1) Practice, practice, practice!

2) Have fun! (you had to see that coming!)

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