Monday, 2 September 2013

How to Photograph Flowers

Todays article from Digital Photography School looks at how to photograph flowers. It is written by Jeff Guyer who has a very informal writing style which makes his articles very readable as well as informative. Jeff is a commercial/portrait photographer based in Atlanta, GA. Still an avid street photographer and film shooter, Jeff also launched a kids photography class ("Digital Photo Challenges") three years ago. You can check out more of his work at Guyer Photography, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter @guyerphoto.

I know what you’re thinking.  “Flowers?  Really?  Didn’t he just write about shooting football?” As a matter of fact, I did.  I shoot lots of different things– a statement which frustrates the hell out of business mentors and advisers who like to talk about branding, creating your niche, and attracting the right kind of client.  And they’re right.  After all, clients want to know that you do precisely what they need you to do seven days a week and twice on Sunday.  Makes sense. But I was a lawyer for fourteen years.  Photography was my hobby for a long time before I ever even thought of trading in my briefcase for a camera bag ten years ago.  So, yes.  We’re going to talk about photographing flowers– in many ways the ideal subject.  Flowers are pretty, but they don’t require a hair and makeup team on set.  They are neither moody nor volatile, and never cop an attitude.  They don’t require a specific brand of expensive water secretly bottled straight from a hidden stream in Madagascar, and they are never late for a shoot.  Never.

To read Jeffs article, follow this link...How to Photograph Flowers 
While I would never claim to have reached Jeff's standard, here are some of my favoutite shots of flowers:
Dahlia Moonflower
Orchid Encyclia fragrans
Alpine Eryngium bourgatii

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