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These photos any good

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JimLewis, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Just a few photos I took this evening in my front yard with my cheap NON-SLR digital camera.

    Do you think any of these turned out well enough to use for website or promotional use?





  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,629

    Jim if I was you I would retake stepping back a few more feet. Keep in mind that a personal opinion , not a professional one.
  3. steveparrott

    steveparrott Sponsor
    Messages: 1,275

    Jim, considering that you're using a point-and-shoot camera, it's a good start. I like the way you framed the flag shot and the pathway shot. The others, as AI said, would be better widening your frame a bit. You also have problems with soft focus in a couple and overexposure in the first. Unfortunately, I wouldn't say these photos are worthy of the work you do and will misrepresent it to your prospective clients.

    What's obvious is that you did a great job lighting your property, really first class. You do yourself (and your business) an injustice by trying to capture your work with a cheap camera. Your target clients are high-end homeowners that will judge your work by your website photos. I suggest you invest in a good digital camera (at minimum, the canon rebel series or the like) and sturdy tripod. Then take a course in how to use it (most likely offered at your local camera store).
  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I agree with steve. Also try taking them a bit earlier. Im terrible with my camera and my wife takes the photos but I have seen great lighting photos and in all of them you can see the sky.

    Great work tho just a bit misrepresented there. I think your work is much better than the photos.
  5. pihta

    pihta LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    And... dont use flash.
  6. BZACK

    BZACK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    Since my first career was Professional Photography, I would like to echo the thoughts of the previous posters with respect to improving the technical quality of your photos. A sturdy tripod is a must since you will need to use a relatively small aperture for best depth of field which will also require longer exposure times.

    Many of the best outdoor lighting photos contain a blend of ambient and artificial (landscape) light which requires making the exposures well before 'night' actually sets in, i.e., while the sky is still light enough to provide separation between it and the landscape and to provide just enough detail in the unlit areas of the landscape or structure. Looking at properly exposed night shots, it is easy to fall into the trap of waithing until the scene looks like the pictures you see.....by then, the opportunity is lost.

  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,777

    Does your camera have a manual mode? Even cheap cameras come with manual modes now. If so thats what you need to use.
  8. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    It is interesting to note that George Gruel, a very good photographer of outdoor lighting and night landscapes (perhaps the best in the biz?) adamantly supports the practice of waiting until it is fully dark to shoot. Most like to take their shots when there is still some blue in the sky... I have always found that to be a bit like cheating.

    I think the big difference comes in the illumination levels that are on a fully lit property vs. an avg. lit property. On most sites, you need the extra bit of ambient light that the blue sky provides to achieve a good shot. On a fully lit property, the lighting alone is enough to provide a great shot.

  9. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,843

    Let's see some of these shots you speak of James. Are you not a self proclaimed photographer with at least better than average skills? I saw George's work right along with you at conference, but I assume that what he does takes quite a bit of professional knowledge and years of experience. Not to mention a $30,000 camera. We haven't had the pleasure of seeing any of your recent work; why?
  10. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Nor have we seen any of yours Chris.

    Working 18-20 hours a day tends to put a crimp on my ability or desire to go out and shoot pictures. The camera is in the truck but I have been too dead tired, and overwhelmed with deadline based installs to get out there just yet.

    Photos are coming... it is just a matter of time. A nice problem to have when you think about it.

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