If you see plants like this growing around your home, chances are they did not just pop-up in the wild—they were purposely cultivated. Cannabis plants have a palmate leaf with serrated leaflets. You are likely to recognize them from popular art. While there are plants with similar leaves, the serration pattern for Cannabis is distinctive.
Marijuana is dried and chopped up to prepare it for use and sale. The stems are usually removed.
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Marijuana buds are higher in THC than other parts of the plant and are sold at a premium. As marijuana has been increasingly bred to produce more buds, you may find this type of marijuana in your home. It is probably much more potent than the average street-grade weed.
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If your child is using marijuana, you may be likely to find rolled joints of marijuana cigarettes. You may also find rolling papers. Your child may claim that these are hand-rolled tobacco cigarettes, which would also be a concern.
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Parents may want to know what marijuana looks like in all stages of development and use. See photos that can help you check what you find at home.
A flash can work wonders to really make your flowers start to look like jewels, especially if you don’t have a fancy lighting setup. The flash will light up your picture nicely and really bring out the details. Taking a snap of your flowers in the dark and using the flash to illuminate them creates a great effect and really makes them shine. If your flash is too overbearing and creates too much of an artificial effect, you can simply mute the flash slightly by placing white paper over the light source. Most DSLRs come with a built-in flash, however external flashes of superior quality can be attached. Most smartphones also come with a built-in flash.
These tips will help photographers capture the best cannabis images possible – from getting up close and personal with macro lenses, to using lighting to create optimal visuals.
You may think your lighting setup will make a great option for taking pictures, and this is certainly true. However, HPS grow lights can cause unwanted orange and yellow light to appear on pictures. To counteract this, simply change the white balance setting on your camera. Shoot either using the “Tungsten” or “Fluorescent” setting.
Before we explore other factors, let us first focus on the primary piece of equipment, the camera itself. For those who take their photography seriously (and have the cash), a DSLR camera is the best option for creating the best images. DSLR cameras have a wide array of settings that can be manually changed, such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. These settings alone will allow the photographer to get creative with their shots and work within a range of lighting scenarios. On top of this, DSLR cameras allow users to modify their kit quite a bit. Different lenses can be used to capture an array of shots. Macro lenses are great for up close and personal photography, so therefore, they’re great for cannabis. These will allow photographers to really highlight the sheer amount of trichomes present on the flowers of certain strains.
Macro photography is the art of capturing objects and organisms extremely close up and in great detail. To start with, set your DSLR to macro mode. This will enable your capture to focus well and better detect the small trichomes of the surface of cannabis flowers. Macro mode will pick up on the fine details of plants and make the picture look stunning. Additionally, the use of macro lenses will also really help to get crisp and clean shots of the tiny sections of plant anatomy. There are a wide spectrum of macro lenses for DSLR cameras, and now smartphone owners can utilise this technology by clipping a macro lens onto their device.
The background of a photograph can be just as important as what is in the foreground. Photographing plants with foil, fans, and light bulbs in the picture can make the image seem quite messy and chaotic. Of course, if you are aiming to display these items intentionally, then do keep them visible. If not, it’s more aesthetically pleasing to only include the greenery of plants in the background, especially for macro shots. Imagine a close-up of a fat bud, heavy with trichomes in the foreground, against a glittering sea of green. Looks pretty beautiful, right?
If your objective is to capture an entire plant within the frame, then you can place the specimen against a pure white background to capture its elegance without any unnecessary objects within the frame. Creating a makeshift studio is very easy to do and the background itself can even be constructed out of non-reflective white paper or cardstock.
Tripods are used to keep cameras completely stable in order to prevent blurring and tilted frames. They do a much better job than shooting with cameras in hand, and are a worthwhile investment for both the hobbyist and professional “photog.” Tripods are extremely adjustable and will enable you to get perfectly still shots from all sorts of angles, such as from above and very close up. A cheap alternative to a tripod is to simply place your camera on a stack of books or a table to achieve a clear shot. This option can be difficult at times, especially when trying to capture certain angles. Small tripods are also available for smartphones that will allow photographers to get steady shots using these more commonplace devices.
Although flashes do work well, lighting setups can be used to get sharp images that boost details and minimise any potential blurring. Flash can work great in some situations, but the direct light can often generate harsh lighting. Indirect light causes more of a soft lighting effect that is much more desireable. Soft light can be achieved by bouncing light off of a white surface such as a sheet of paper.
Cannabis is a beautiful plant and deserves to be photographed in all of its natural glory. Use these tips to capture some stunning images.