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How to Take HD Marijuana Pictures | Humboldt Relief

After 3 years of honing my skills as a nug pornographer, I thought it was time to share some tricks of the trade. When I started out in July of 2010, I didn’t even own a camera. HR needed help, so I got a Canon Powershot SD980 IS and started snapping. The pictures sucked ass for several months, and I would take anywhere from 75- 100 nug shots of each strain to get 4 satisfactory photos. In January of 2011 I invested in a Promaster portable tabletop Studio, a recommendation from the salesman at Hooper Camera in Chatsworth; this fairly inexpensive piece of equipment improved my results substantially. I still use this lightbox, although I plan to move on as soon as I have the extra cash.

The macro setting on a point & shoot camera isn’t really meant for heavy duty use, and it crapped out on me about a year after the purchase date. At that point I felt ready to upgrade my setup, and the boss, Big A, agreed to split the cost of a Canon Rebel t3i with me. For those who aren’t familiar, this Canon series is the perfect intro to DSLR. The capabilities are definitely not pro level, but I highly recommend this machine for amateurs looking to get their feet wet. It took a few weeks to get used to the system, and I didn’t dare touch Manual mode until I sat down with fashion photographer Tal Karasso who kindly showed me the ropes.Now I get good shots most every time, and I’ll show you how to take nug shots like a pro.

Cannabis Photography Tips

The setup:

  • Promaster tabletop studio
  • tabletop tripod
  • Canon Rebel t3i w/ 18-55mm lens
  • 2 perimeter lights w/ 150 watt daylight bulbs (lights are positioned facing the bud at a 45 degree angle.
  • 1 ghetto desk lamp w/ 100 watt daylight bulb (positioned on the left hand side of the shooting tent, facing a white t-shirt that serves as a reflective surface)
  • 1 glass curing jar w/ mirror on top
  • Postproduction editing Photoshop CS5

The Secret to Shiny Nug Shots

A lot of people assume that there’s a trick to getting the trichomes to pop in a picture or that the shine comes from artificial touch ups. In fact I do very little editing after the fact. The bud looks beautiful because I’m lucky enough to be exposed to the finest quality bud in Los Angeles. Sure makes my job easy! But you won’t get the kind of image clarity I do without shooting in manual mode. I shot in Aperture priority for a long time, which gave the buds a soft, glowing appearance.This method works and it’s faster in the sense that you don’t need to make many adjustments between shots.That said, you need to manipulate the shutter speed to get that sparkle. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a nice photography cheat sheet for ya:

I’ve heard about plenty of other weed porn shooting methods ranging from microscopes to scanners, but this is how I handle the HR menu pictures. If you have any tips to share or questions about cannabis photography, by all means, leave a comment below! I’m especially interested in macro lens recommendations in the hopes that someday I’ll be able to afford real pro tools. Donations are welcome!

JD Kush Pictures | Pre ICO Menu Prices | Humboldt Relief

JD Top Shelf OG Kush Bud Pictures

Our famous Jane Kush

Balanced Hybrid Strain

AM or PM Meds

Sweet Trichomes


Is JD OG Kush the Same as Jane Doe?

JD OG is the same strain as our famous Jane Doe Kush, but it’s grown by a different crew. We changed the name so you patients will know that this batch isn’t exactly like original Jane.

How Much is an 1/8th of Top Shelf Marijuana?

The donation price for top shelf depends on your membership status. If you’re a full member, then you pay $45 for an 1/8th. Temporary patients pay $5 more or $50 per 1/8th for medication.

How Do I Get the Lower Donation Price?

You need to become a full member to get the automatic discount on our marijuana menu strains. We offer lifetime membership for a one time $25 membership fee. Lifetime membership means that you never have to renew your membership. As long as we have your patient records, you will be able to get a discount and be eligible for promotions, such as free joint Wednesday. One Love!

New Bud Porn Gallery!

Greetings Humboldt Relief Collective members! Since we updated our website in October, we are slowly redesigning all of our current content. We want to make this site as useful and engaging as we possible! In that spirit, we transformed our crappy old popular marijuana strain pictures page into an interactive image gallery!

Check Out Our New Super Sticky Bud Porn Gallery!

HR’s Dank Nug Shots

As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback! We are also interested in troubleshooting, so let us know whether or not you have any problems with website features. If you have ideas or artwork you would like to see on our site, please contact your admin! This site will always be by, for, and of the patient. One Love!