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    Lydia Bennett

    After our family was very generously given 10 centerpieces from my cousin’s wedding, I thought I’d challenge myself and see if I could get a good picture with the 7 that we still had in our house. I didn’t end up getting anything that I loved; the 90-degree sunshine didn’t help the situation – neither the flowers nor my half-french-canadian blood really liked the heat. 🙂

    So, I was wondering if anyone has thoughts on how you would’ve composed this? These four pictures are the “best” that I got.

    Camera: Nikon D3100
    Lens: 18-55mm (1st three pics); 55-200 mm (last pic)

    Aperture: f/6.3; Shutterspeed: 1/50; ISO: 100; Focal length: 46mm

    Aperture: f/6.3; Shutterspeed: 1/50; ISO: 100; Focal length: 55mm

    Aperture: f/13; Shutterspeed: 1/30; ISO: 100; Focal length: 34mm

    Aperture: f/13; Shutterspeed: 1/40; ISO: 400; Focal length: 200mm


    Morgan Giesbrecht

    These are some beautiful center pieces! You’ve got some good ideas going here.

    For the first two shots, I think I’d have tried getting a little lower to the ground to emiminate the hovering feeling and maybe trying to eliminate some of the distractions on the concrete.

    I find there’s a few too many subjects in the door picture. My eye doesn’t quite know where to go. Maybe try focusing on one or two centerpieces from above to incorporate the stairs? Or one straight on, zoomed in, with the door as background?

    I really like the fourth one! Good set up there! The only thing I might tweak would be to zoom out a bit to incoperate the full pink flower on top and the bottom edge of the vase.

    Two and four are my favourite shots, Lydia; good work!

    Hope this helps a little. 🙂


    Ryan Madaris

    @bennett-family, If I was taking this photo, I would have set all the flowers up on a blank area (sidewalk), and used my drone to get a shot with grass on both sides of the sidewalk, and the flowers going straight down the center of the sidewalk.


    Lydia Bennett

    Thanks, Morgan! I appreciate your comments. I was going to try to do a re-shoot with your suggestions in mind, but the flowers are wilting at this point, and I decided that I wouldn’t take pictures of wilted flower arrangements! But what you said was helpful and good for me to think about in the future when I’m trying to take pictures of things low down to the ground like that.

    That would be a really neat picture! …I don’t have a drone, though. I suppose I should’ve phrased my question better: “How would you have suggested that I compose this?” 😀


    Morgan Giesbrecht

    Happy to help, Lydia! 🙂


    James Staddon

    It was good to chat about these photos on the webinar, @bennett-family. PRO members, you can watch my comments on these photos in the replay if you’d like….

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