Photos of the Week: THE ART OF FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY !

Taking photos of flowers is something that everyone loves. But, there is an art to taking good photos of flowers. Ideally, you would want some type of close-up system, either a macro lens, close-up filters, or extension tubes. And it seems the good photographers have realized that you need to have the depth of field just perfect. So, let’s take a look at these amazing flower photos:

Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

A reminder that Valentines Day is February 14th. Don’t forget the one you love !

Photo by Urel Landetne on Unsplash

Colorizing photo petals on Roses and other flowers is a new unique art provided by some custom flower shops. You want to give real color to your loved one, look for that in the local flower shops.

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

As a photographer, you have many choices to take in flower photography. This type of flower is generally called “wild flowers”, and often will grow anywhere their seeds will drop. This is something that attracts bees and birds as well.

Photo by Alex Seinet on Unsplash

Taking photos of flowers in a setting of “still photography” is real popular for the art lover. Having flower petals just adds to the photo.

Photo by Phwar Cho

Do you want to get into real art with flowers, do your own setup of a “still photo” like the one above. Can you see that hanging on your wall?

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – 123PhotoGo

To add extra story to a flower photo, a bee is the key. Also, notice in this flower photo that it follows the rule of thirds. It’s like the flower has space to grow into.

Photo by Gaetano Cessati on Unsplash

One thing that flower lovers are looking for, is a new color to see. If you can find flowers with unique color and lighting, you have a winner.

Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash

There are many ways to take photos of flowers. In their natural habitat is a great way to do it, especially if you can have the sunshine light up the flowers. This is a bit tricky, so if you want to do this, make sure you have the right exposure on the flowers.

Photo by James Wainscoat on Unsplash

If you can get a good photo, like this one, you appeal to the flower people as well as the animal or bird lovers. This photo is not an easy one to take. Hats off to James Wainscoat.

This type of flower photo is really popular because it shows the living area that they are in, giving you the feel of the surroundings. Looking through magazines, you will see this type of photo if you are being introduced to a particular home or area.

“I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.”
Diane Arbus

Photo by Анна Хазова on Unsplash

People and flowers interacting can be nothing but special for the people involved in the photo, or their family and friends.

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography – 123PhotoGo

Flowers in harsh environments are especially unique, because flowers just don’t usually like this kind of weather. So, capture it for something unique.

Still photo by Ela Drzazga

Another incredible artistic photo with minimal effect. But, so powerful with the subtle lighting.

Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

Here’s another great photo idea: Simplification. This above photo, in a frame will look so good in the right part of the house, like the kitchen. It will bring such joy.

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“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
Elliott Erwitt

Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell – 123PhotoGo

The flower above, was taken in the middle of a hot summer. But, sprinkling some water on it, makes it look more refreshing, and ideal for an interesting photo.

Photo by Alex Blăjan on Unsplash

If you can do this with your subject, nothing is more beautiful than a pretty girl mixed in with pretty flowers.

Photo by Peter Hammer on Unsplash

Flowers with scenery is a great idea. Look for this type of opportunity.

Photo by Brandon k on Unsplash

What is the main subject in this photo? The butterfly or the flower? I’d say both, and each subject compliments each other. That pose of that butterfly is perfect. Love it.

NOW, JUST A FEW MORE GREAT PHOTOS OF FLOWERS:

Photo by Richard Loader on Unsplash
Photo by bady abbas on Unsplash
Photo by fred tromp on Unsplash

ANOTHER WINTER ACTIVITY: STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY !

Sometimes we all get a little “itchy” to take some photos in the winter, while we wait for a good snow storm. This is a time to be thinking about “still photography”.

“Still photography” is an art in and of itself. It requires setting things up that don’t talk back to you, and getting the perfect light. There are a lot of things that you can use for subjects of still photos. Let’s first take a look at some of the photos I have seen lately, and then I will give you the tips on how to take good still photos:

pumpkins on a table
Photo by Anna Tukhfatullina Food Photographer/Stylist on Pexels.com

This is considered “Food Photography” in a sense, but when I first looked at it, I thought it was a picture of “fall”.

variety of pumpkins
Photo by Tim Mossholder on Pexels.com

Now, here is another form of taking still photos, and compare it with the one above. Which do you like better.

They are both really good still photos, and here are some points of taking good still photos:

1- Most people who are really good at this, find some kind of wooden table to organize their product. That is not always the main rule. But, seems to work well. It’s your canvas on which to draw from. Your drawing is the assembly of your product(s).

2- You may need to experiment with your “f-stop” or aperture. You want the subject to be in focus, but, you will need to control the depth of field so that it goes blurry, right behind, and I mean exactly right behind the subjects.

3- Lighting is a real key to doing good still photos. Here is another photo, that I think is amazing. But, can you tell which way the light is coming from:

Photo by Boni Photo

This lighting on this, and almost all lighting used in still photography is just by a sidelight, sometimes best from a nearby window. This gives it dimension and it often will just accentuate the product more. Note on this above photo that they did not use a table, but, an old box, or table, just something old. This helps create the mood for this photo. Step #1- again, look for something that will add to the photo by the table or background you choose.

4- Step 4, and all these steps, are just guidelines. But, this step #4 is to keep the background dark so that the lighting stays on the subject and the background is not important.

orange flowers in brown vase beside sliced orange fruit
Photo by Eneida Nieves on Pexels.com

Look at this photo, and especially the background. It is much darker and does not distract from the main subject.

5- If you don’t have all that old stuff, like a unique antique looking background, or table that looks like it’s old and aging, the other trick is to use a beautiful cloth, or blanket, or drapery material and just cover the table and backdrop:

Photo by Ploesteanu Anisoara

Notice with this above photo how the photographer used a drapery material or cloth to have the background and the table all covered. Wow! This could be done on a kitchen table if you want to do it this way. But, watch your lighting again.

6- Keep your subject material all the same type of group, such as: all food, flowers and pots, books and glasses, etc.

Photo by Luigi Scarpelli

Notice how this amazing photo kept to the subject: Food! There is no flower in there, just flour.

7- Keep your photo and subjects clutter free. Take photos that don’t have a lot of parts to the subject. Simplicity is the key:

Photo by Randy Benzie

Sometimes the most loved photos are just the simple ones. When you do that, make sure the light is good on the subject, shallow depth of field, and a dark background is the key to a winning photo.

Doing still photography, and practicing on the tips above is a very satisfying way of photography. There are some real pros out there, as you can tell from the photos I used today. Yours can be one of them too.

If you would like to share some of your photos with us, then submit them in the comments below, or send them to : http://question.123photogo.com

Here are some more amazing “still photos” to enjoy:

close up of paper against black background
Photo by John-Mark Smith on Pexels.com
twig with tender magnolia flowers
Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com
red cherries on stainless steel bowl
Photo by Wendy van Zyl on Pexels.com