Flower Photography By Dave Shafer
Objectives of my flower pictures <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Show something new </li></ul><ul><li>Entertain or amuse </li>...
Here’s to self-expression!
Flower Photography is not that difficult Basic principles can be taught
Principles of my flower photography <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Basic competence </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Clo...
My 105 mm macro lens for my Pentax K-10 camera Fully extended, 1.0X magnification
<ul><li>Usually f/8 to f/16, for large DOF </li></ul><ul><li>Often hand-held, with image stabilization, in bright sunlight...
Now some thoughts, to break the ice
I try to keep up with the latest technology
Times have changed
You don’t want to feel out of it
Don’t wait for the perfect camera
Your eye is more important than your camera
Taking good photos can be a piece of cake
It is really relatively simple
You can get good advice from books
There are lots of “how-to”  books
But you can’t believe everything you read
My favorite tabloid headline <ul><li>“ Skydiver eaten by starving birds” </li></ul>
There are clubs where you can learn
It is probably best to just dive in and start taking photos
Give it your best shot
There will be a few salacious images shown this evening
I apologize to any prudes, like those who want to cover up tree crotches
Nude or semi-nude photography is exciting
But flower photography can also expose you to new experiences
I’m going to squeeze in a lot of images so let me know if I am packing in too much
Groups of flowers tend to be static Hard to be interesting with groups of flowers – very pretty, but static
Closeup is more interesting
Closeup is more intimate
Distance makes us voyeurs, not participants
Closeup draws you right into the picture
You get pulled right in by the close foreground
Use macro lens to show detail
Simplify No single focus of interest Single point of interest
OK to break rules if image is striking enough
Or if you really like the composition
Or if there is a dynamic composition
Simple compositions are best
But too much symmetry is static
Balance simplicity versus interest
Optimize background Pretty , but distracting background Much better
Try different colors for background
Black is more dramatic but also is cold
Choice can be tough to make
Like this Scottish dilemma
Background should add but not dominate
Remove clutter from background
Clutter is distracting
Even the foreground can be distracted by the background
But background can provide context
Experiment with composition A shadow can add interest
Try reversing the image
“ Read” pictures from left to right
Often choice is pretty arbitrary
Diagonal lines are good
Look for tension in your composition
Opposing shapes right and left
Better – not quite as symmetrical
Consider dramatic lighting
Or atmospheric lighting
Too much symmetry
You don’t have to show the whole blossom
Less is more, in an arresting photo
Part of a dogwood is just as good
Isolate most interesting part
Focus can be used to isolate
White details are hard to bring out
Lighting direction for white is important
Oblique lighting is best
Mistakes are common
Mistakes – too much photoshop Looks a little like a plastic plant Too much color saturation
Photoshop is a powerful tool that can turn on you
Colors and contrast are too strong
Too garish a color combination
Looks unreal – too dramatic
Maybe too simple
Two centers of interest are not good
Eye keeps going back and forth
Unless one is out of focus
Or if the two centers of interest are related to each other
And have some obvious connection
Three are better than two
Not just with flowers
Two usually makes a static composition
Sometimes you want the eye to go back and forth
Within Reason
Vase can also add interest
And add color contrast
Cheating is allowed
You can crimp, bend, cut, twist, etc.
After basic competence, strive for something new <ul><li>Extreme closeup </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual perspective </li></ul><...
I hope I still have your attention
Extreme closeup African violet center
Surprising details emerge
Pollen can be interesting
Pollen closeups can be bizarre
A poppy center has lots of detail
Unopened buds can be interesting
There is tension in an unopened bud
A little suspense is good
Buds can have interesting detail
Closeup flower texture
Surface texture depends on lighting
Unusual Perspective
Unusual perspectives are interesting
Different taking point can transform picture
Unusual perspective can add humor
Drama can be added to the familiar
Unusual perspective can be puzzling
Your imagination is engaged
Back of flower + cropped and flipped
Back of flower, flowers through glass
Light can be from back or front
Back of daffodil is less familiar
Back of leaf can be interesting
As well as front of leaf
This needs work on background
Improved image
Unusual colors on some leaves
Decay can add interest (except in people)
Try other orientations and settings
Top of orchid, back of calla lily Calla Cobra
Base of carnation
Cropped, simplified, improved
Try to surprise with an image
To make a splash
And turn heads
You want photos with impact
Images that surprise
Challenge expectations
Give the familiar a new twist
Imagine interesting combinations - Goldilocks and papa bear
Unusual perspective and unusual combination
Don’t get stuck in a conventional rut
Bugs can add interest
But bugs usually detract from the beauty of the flower
Unless it is a butterfly
Bugs can add life to a static picture
Iris and fly
Flowers as higher life forms
There are “faces” everywhere
Look everywhere for the human element
Tree Lady
It takes very little to suggest a face
Just peeling a potato might turn one up
Look for suggestive patterns
Even abstract emotion can be expressed
Anthropomorphic  photos Elephant head violet Orchid man
Books are best for telling a story
Photos can also tell a story:   in a crisis it’s time to send in the clowns
A photo story goes beyond what is shown
Even shadows can be part of the story
“ Let me help” and “The Gossips” Found arrangement Set up arrangement
“ Dancing Orchid Ladies” and “Diamond Lily”
Orchid Lady has amazing human detail
As does randy orchid boy
Sealife-like center, sinuous curves
Daffodil Marriage Spat
Crocodile Leaf
Backyard Giraffe
Flower Candy
Pond reflections of fall leaves
Foggy morning with super saturated colors
“ Art” – flowers as shapes and colors
African violet center, Hosta leaves
You can “paint” with colors, shapes and composition
Flower shapes as semi- abstract forms
Shapes and colors
Simple “art” compositions
Simplicity is key
“ Art” requires simple background
Color can carry the day with very simple compositions
Less is more, in art
Unless you’re into tatoos
Stereo images
This is a lot of material to remember
But don’t worry, there’s no quiz
Had enough?
 
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  1. 1. Flower Photography By Dave Shafer
  2. 2. Objectives of my flower pictures <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Show something new </li></ul><ul><li>Entertain or amuse </li></ul><ul><li>Create Beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Express my personality </li></ul>
  3. 3. Here’s to self-expression!
  4. 4. Flower Photography is not that difficult Basic principles can be taught
  5. 5. Principles of my flower photography <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Basic competence </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Closeup is best – more interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify composition </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize background </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with composition </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Look for some different take </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme closeup </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropomorphic composition </li></ul><ul><li>“ Art” - flowers as shapes and colors </li></ul><ul><li>Stereo photos </li></ul>
  6. 6. My 105 mm macro lens for my Pentax K-10 camera Fully extended, 1.0X magnification
  7. 7. <ul><li>Usually f/8 to f/16, for large DOF </li></ul><ul><li>Often hand-held, with image stabilization, in bright sunlight </li></ul><ul><li>Always natural lighting, no flash </li></ul><ul><li>All flower photos shown are by me </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly in last two years </li></ul><ul><li>All digital </li></ul><ul><li>Most were taken at home </li></ul>
  8. 8. Now some thoughts, to break the ice
  9. 9. I try to keep up with the latest technology
  10. 10. Times have changed
  11. 11. You don’t want to feel out of it
  12. 12. Don’t wait for the perfect camera
  13. 13. Your eye is more important than your camera
  14. 14. Taking good photos can be a piece of cake
  15. 15. It is really relatively simple
  16. 16. You can get good advice from books
  17. 17. There are lots of “how-to” books
  18. 18. But you can’t believe everything you read
  19. 19. My favorite tabloid headline <ul><li>“ Skydiver eaten by starving birds” </li></ul>
  20. 20. There are clubs where you can learn
  21. 21. It is probably best to just dive in and start taking photos
  22. 22. Give it your best shot
  23. 23. There will be a few salacious images shown this evening
  24. 24. I apologize to any prudes, like those who want to cover up tree crotches
  25. 25. Nude or semi-nude photography is exciting
  26. 26. But flower photography can also expose you to new experiences
  27. 27. I’m going to squeeze in a lot of images so let me know if I am packing in too much
  28. 28. Groups of flowers tend to be static Hard to be interesting with groups of flowers – very pretty, but static
  29. 29. Closeup is more interesting
  30. 30. Closeup is more intimate
  31. 31. Distance makes us voyeurs, not participants
  32. 32. Closeup draws you right into the picture
  33. 33. You get pulled right in by the close foreground
  34. 34. Use macro lens to show detail
  35. 35. Simplify No single focus of interest Single point of interest
  36. 36. OK to break rules if image is striking enough
  37. 37. Or if you really like the composition
  38. 38. Or if there is a dynamic composition
  39. 39. Simple compositions are best
  40. 40. But too much symmetry is static
  41. 41. Balance simplicity versus interest
  42. 42. Optimize background Pretty , but distracting background Much better
  43. 43. Try different colors for background
  44. 44. Black is more dramatic but also is cold
  45. 45. Choice can be tough to make
  46. 46. Like this Scottish dilemma
  47. 47. Background should add but not dominate
  48. 48. Remove clutter from background
  49. 49. Clutter is distracting
  50. 50. Even the foreground can be distracted by the background
  51. 51. But background can provide context
  52. 52. Experiment with composition A shadow can add interest
  53. 53. Try reversing the image
  54. 54. “ Read” pictures from left to right
  55. 55. Often choice is pretty arbitrary
  56. 56. Diagonal lines are good
  57. 57. Look for tension in your composition
  58. 58. Opposing shapes right and left
  59. 59. Better – not quite as symmetrical
  60. 60. Consider dramatic lighting
  61. 61. Or atmospheric lighting
  62. 62. Too much symmetry
  63. 63. You don’t have to show the whole blossom
  64. 64. Less is more, in an arresting photo
  65. 65. Part of a dogwood is just as good
  66. 66. Isolate most interesting part
  67. 67. Focus can be used to isolate
  68. 68. White details are hard to bring out
  69. 69. Lighting direction for white is important
  70. 70. Oblique lighting is best
  71. 71. Mistakes are common
  72. 72. Mistakes – too much photoshop Looks a little like a plastic plant Too much color saturation
  73. 73. Photoshop is a powerful tool that can turn on you
  74. 74. Colors and contrast are too strong
  75. 75. Too garish a color combination
  76. 76. Looks unreal – too dramatic
  77. 77. Maybe too simple
  78. 78. Two centers of interest are not good
  79. 79. Eye keeps going back and forth
  80. 80. Unless one is out of focus
  81. 81. Or if the two centers of interest are related to each other
  82. 82. And have some obvious connection
  83. 83. Three are better than two
  84. 84. Not just with flowers
  85. 85. Two usually makes a static composition
  86. 86. Sometimes you want the eye to go back and forth
  87. 87. Within Reason
  88. 88. Vase can also add interest
  89. 89. And add color contrast
  90. 90. Cheating is allowed
  91. 91. You can crimp, bend, cut, twist, etc.
  92. 92. After basic competence, strive for something new <ul><li>Extreme closeup </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropomorphic composition </li></ul><ul><li>“ Art” – flowers as shapes and colors </li></ul><ul><li>Stereo photos </li></ul>
  93. 93. I hope I still have your attention
  94. 94. Extreme closeup African violet center
  95. 95. Surprising details emerge
  96. 96. Pollen can be interesting
  97. 97. Pollen closeups can be bizarre
  98. 98. A poppy center has lots of detail
  99. 99. Unopened buds can be interesting
  100. 100. There is tension in an unopened bud
  101. 101. A little suspense is good
  102. 102. Buds can have interesting detail
  103. 103. Closeup flower texture
  104. 104. Surface texture depends on lighting
  105. 105. Unusual Perspective
  106. 106. Unusual perspectives are interesting
  107. 107. Different taking point can transform picture
  108. 108. Unusual perspective can add humor
  109. 109. Drama can be added to the familiar
  110. 110. Unusual perspective can be puzzling
  111. 111. Your imagination is engaged
  112. 112. Back of flower + cropped and flipped
  113. 113. Back of flower, flowers through glass
  114. 114. Light can be from back or front
  115. 115. Back of daffodil is less familiar
  116. 116. Back of leaf can be interesting
  117. 117. As well as front of leaf
  118. 118. This needs work on background
  119. 119. Improved image
  120. 120. Unusual colors on some leaves
  121. 121. Decay can add interest (except in people)
  122. 122. Try other orientations and settings
  123. 123. Top of orchid, back of calla lily Calla Cobra
  124. 124. Base of carnation
  125. 125. Cropped, simplified, improved
  126. 126. Try to surprise with an image
  127. 127. To make a splash
  128. 128. And turn heads
  129. 129. You want photos with impact
  130. 130. Images that surprise
  131. 131. Challenge expectations
  132. 132. Give the familiar a new twist
  133. 133. Imagine interesting combinations - Goldilocks and papa bear
  134. 134. Unusual perspective and unusual combination
  135. 135. Don’t get stuck in a conventional rut
  136. 136. Bugs can add interest
  137. 137. But bugs usually detract from the beauty of the flower
  138. 138. Unless it is a butterfly
  139. 139. Bugs can add life to a static picture
  140. 140. Iris and fly
  141. 141. Flowers as higher life forms
  142. 142. There are “faces” everywhere
  143. 143. Look everywhere for the human element
  144. 144. Tree Lady
  145. 145. It takes very little to suggest a face
  146. 146. Just peeling a potato might turn one up
  147. 147. Look for suggestive patterns
  148. 148. Even abstract emotion can be expressed
  149. 149. Anthropomorphic photos Elephant head violet Orchid man
  150. 150. Books are best for telling a story
  151. 151. Photos can also tell a story: in a crisis it’s time to send in the clowns
  152. 152. A photo story goes beyond what is shown
  153. 153. Even shadows can be part of the story
  154. 154. “ Let me help” and “The Gossips” Found arrangement Set up arrangement
  155. 155. “ Dancing Orchid Ladies” and “Diamond Lily”
  156. 156. Orchid Lady has amazing human detail
  157. 157. As does randy orchid boy
  158. 158. Sealife-like center, sinuous curves
  159. 159. Daffodil Marriage Spat
  160. 160. Crocodile Leaf
  161. 161. Backyard Giraffe
  162. 162. Flower Candy
  163. 163. Pond reflections of fall leaves
  164. 164. Foggy morning with super saturated colors
  165. 165. “ Art” – flowers as shapes and colors
  166. 166. African violet center, Hosta leaves
  167. 167. You can “paint” with colors, shapes and composition
  168. 168. Flower shapes as semi- abstract forms
  169. 169. Shapes and colors
  170. 170. Simple “art” compositions
  171. 171. Simplicity is key
  172. 172. “ Art” requires simple background
  173. 173. Color can carry the day with very simple compositions
  174. 174. Less is more, in art
  175. 175. Unless you’re into tatoos
  176. 176. Stereo images
  177. 177. This is a lot of material to remember
  178. 178. But don’t worry, there’s no quiz
  179. 179. Had enough?
  180. 181. The End
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