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February 22, 2018
Today was one of those rare sunny days in a generally dismal February. Perfect for taking some bead photos. I usually use my Olympus EM 5, a micro 4/3 camera with a 60mm macro lens, I love this camera and lens combination, it takes lovely photos.However, I have had a Nikon 3400 for a while but never taken the time to get to grips with it. I completely forgot I had a nifty little 40mm micro lens for it.
So today was the day. I am lucky enough to have french windows that open from the kitchen into the garden which gives me lots of natural light to take my bead and jewellery photographs. I don't use lights at all because the reflections in the glass are a nightmare and it's very hard (for me!) to get the colour and depth of transparent glass right with any kind of electric light. I also try to keep editing to a minimum just tweaking the white balance, a touch of sharpening, crop and resize for the internet. Even so taking the pictures and editing them often takes a couple of days.
This morning I geared up and set to for a couple of hours snapping happily away before the hail came. I transferred the pictures onto my pc ready to start editing. To my utter astonishment the photos were fantastic, I’m not tooting my own photography horn I mean that they were good to go out straight out of the camera. The colours were spot on, white was white, details were sharp all I had to do was crop and resize, you could have knocked me down with a feather. This was, of course, why I bought the camera in the first place, I still have a little way to go but I'm much closer than I thought I would be at this point. Colour me happy, I;m going to enjoy taking photos such much more now.. So here is a picture of my favourite lentil focal bead straight out of the camera (apart from a bit of cropping)
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