Fine Art Flower Photography
The beauty and infinite patterns of flowers make them a wonderful subject for photographic interpretations. Flowers are among the first subjects that all new photographers seek. They don't move (except for an occasional breeze), don't mind being photographed and therefore, are an excellent way to learn about and experiment with lenses and filters, exposure, composition, and special photographic techniques and effects.
Isolate: Make your subject clear. If you are photographing a group of flowers, isolate one or two or three. Select a specific subject to photograph out of the group.
Backgrounds: The backgrounds are at least as important as the subject. Nothing can kill an image quicker than a busy background. There may be as little as an inch or less of camera repositioning to go from a distracting background to a pleasing, detail-less, muted background.
Subject placement: There are three "centers" in a frame: center-top, which is fine; center-bottom, which is fine; and center-center, otherwise known as "bulls-eye" composition, which is mostly not fine. The only hard-and-fast general rule is to avoid the center of the frame, although there are exceptions to this rule.
This article is excerpted from Tony Sweet's BetterPhoto.com course: Fine Art Flower Photography
About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Tony Sweet
Today, Tony's work is published worldwide and is represented by The Getty Picture Agency.
Tony conducts his "Visual Artistry" photography and digital printing workshops from March through October throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and photography are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and as contributor to Nikonnet.com. He’s also a columnist for Nikon World Magazine.
He maintains an active speaking schedule on the subjects of nature and flower photography and marketing, addressing professional photography organizations, universities, seminars, and workshops.
Tony is on the instructor staff of BetterPhoto.com, and is a member of the Baltimore chapter of ASMP. And he has been named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and is a charter member or nikSoftwares TeamNik!
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