How To Photograph Marijuana

JasBudJasBudCANNABIS CULTURE – Getting amazing marijuana photos takes practice and access to a variety of cannabis, but it’s not next-to-impossible to snap great ganja shots.

I made a “How to Photograph Marijuana” video for YouTube while setting up for an extensive shoot recently. That day I photographed over a dozen strains!

It’s critical to have the necessary gear nearby when doing a photoshoot that large, but even on a smaller scale having the right equipment close-by is important.

Using this exact setup in my how to video, I’ve photographed over 120 marijuana strains. The results will be noticeable in my forthcoming book from Green Candy Press. They sent me for a private photography lesson that really boned up my ability to photograph buds.

Chronic RyderChronic RyderOnce this project is done I’ll publish some outtakes for my marijuana reviews so people can see how my skills have improved. This video is all about my setup, but depth of field, macro lenses and bud size preference will be made if there’s interest. My current setup consists of;

1) Optex Portable Light Studio – this is a must have for photographing small objects. If you’re serious about your nugporn for the cost of a half an ounce you can professionally light-up your pot.

2) Opex Tripod – the tripod they use for the light studio is one of its weakness. Add this tripod for $40 for a much better experience.

3) Canon DSLR – the camera is attached to my computer via a tether cable. the settings on the camera are consistent because I use the light studio. However, it’s important to have it set on full manual to adjust, ISO, focus, and F-Stop. More on this in another vid.

4) Adobe Lightroom – An excellent computer program that allows me to snap marijuana photos directly to my computer. I don’t even touch the camera to take the marijuana pictures.

5) Marijuana Strains – I try to save samples for a week or two and make an afternoon of photographing marijuana.

The video shows my setup in better detail. I’ll make more “How To Photograph Marijuana” videos if people are interested. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow me on Twitter please. I respond to Tweets!



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  2. Anonymous on

    Don’t listen to anything Matt Mernagh says. He is some random canadian who won a court case allowing him to grow and now he exploits it and blows bonghits in the publics faces. literally. Screw this guy, all the way.

  3. Anonymous on

    Don’t listen to anything Matt Mernagh says. He is some random canadian who won a court case allowing him to grow and now he exploits it and blows bonghits in the publics faces. literally. Screw this guy, all the way.

  4. Anonymous on

    tony aroma is right.. thanks for sharing this easy way of getting high-res images of buds without a dslr or anything

  5. Anonymous on

    Scan is something I will try, and also use my canon. : )

  6. Anonymous on

    This is a big problem these days; amateurs giving advice. Much better shots have come from far more simple setups. Better looking buds is also a good place to start.

  7. foam on

    writing a photography book? Validity? Makes me question the other books by Green Candy..I’ll wish everyone best of luck anyway -I’m sure the intentions are noble..

    amen on the unreadable capcha crap

  8. Anonymous on

    I have had incredible results using a 50mm lens from my old Yashica 35mm film camera in front of my 10mp digital camera lens.

    Trichomes so clear and huge that it’s macroscopy at it’s finest!

    I tossed a bunch of buds on my flat-bed scanner and it ook me an hour to clean off the glass! lol


    PS: I hate this captcha crap! Can’t read most of them and I should be able to use my CC login to skip that part of this.

  9. Anonymous on

    A scanner is a camera, with an extremely shallow depth of field. It uses a lens, just like the camera you saw in this video. Many people have taken scanners outside and photographed with them, not to mention the that many professionals have used the scanner as a means to photograph objects…

    Open your mind, I thought that’s what some people use weed to do.

  10. Tony Aroma on

    I meant “scan” not “photo.” That link is to a reduced-resolution image taken from a high-resolution scan.

  11. Tony Aroma on

    Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. I’m not saying I can produce professional-quality pictures with a scanner, but pretty close. I wish I could post some samples here. I’ve made many scans of buds that look comparable to those shown in this article. Actually, in some ways better, since the super-high-resolution images let you zoom way in to see individual trichomes in detail. I’m not saying it’s a substitute for a professional photographer with a professional setup, but MUCH less expensive, much easier, and the results are more than good enough for most people.

    See if this link works, it’s just a lo-res photo. The original is AMAZING!

  12. Anonymous on

    …Using a scanner…Oh my gosh, I guess someone doesn’t appreciate the time, work and effort that goes into the art of photography. Especially when capturing one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. It would be an insult to use a scanner, let alone SUGGEST using one.

    Cool tip for non 3 dimensional objects though…

  13. Tony Aroma on

    You can produce really nice pictures just like these with just a scanner. No need for an expensive camera, lighting, or a studio. Just, place the bud on the scanner and cover it with a piece of white paper. Plus, most scanners are much higher resolution than the typical camera, so you can see lots of detail.