Fine Art Flower Photography Workshop

With some careful thought and planning, even the most common flowers can be used to create breathtaking artworks!

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This practical workshop is for those who want to learn how to make pictures that move people. It is a combination of technical information to help you get the most out of your gear as well as guidance on seeing and building images as an artist. You’ll need a DSLR and a basic understanding of how to access the menu items to operate it in Aperture Priority and Manual Mode.

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Inspiration

From fields of wildflowers to elaborate European gardens and detailed closeup images of petals, flowers have captivated the eyes and hearts of people for thousands of years. The introduction to this workshop will show you many different options you can achieve with your DSLR and a little imagination.

Gear

Lenses and useful accessories - Find out what your lenses can do and what other lenses are available and how they can be used in different situations for flower photography. We’ll look at macro, telephoto and wide angle lenses as well as other simple items you can use at home or out in the field.


Planning the Shoot

Indoors or on location - The first question to ask yourself is: What are you going to communicate? How do you want the finished image to look? This will set the scene for your choice of blooms, colour palette, composition, lighting, camera settings and post processing. You’ll go away with guidelines on what settings to use when the weather is against you, such as wind or too much or too little light.

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Achieving your desired style

Twenty photographers can approach the same scene with different ideas and come up with twenty entirely unique and wonderful solutions. You’ll learn how to work toward your individual goals for every shot.

Lighting

Consider lighting in many situations and learn how to make the most of whatever is available. Use reflectors and diffusers which can easily be taken out for location shoots.

Aperture

It’s up to you whether you want the entire field, bunch or flower in focus or whether you want the edge of a single petal crisp and everything else soft. Macro photography requires a slightly different use of aperture. You need to know the rules so you can be free to break them if you want to and make interesting, creative, experimental works.

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Focus

As well as addressing the technical aspects of focussing on difficult subjects, you’ll learn how to develop selective focus and use foreground elements to create a painterly look.

Composition

Understanding the Elements of Design and Principles of Arrangement will allow you to make clean compositions consistently, thinking about every element in the frame. If it doesn’t contribute to the story, it doesn’t belong in the picture.

Post Processing

Something to consider before you begin shooting, post processing is a vital part of image making. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just intentional and if you wish to have a cohesive series of work, it should be consistent.

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Printing

Something to consider before you begin shooting, post processing is a vital part of image making. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just intentional and if you wish to have a cohesive series of work, it should be consistent.

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When: Saturday 7th September 10am - 4pm

Where: Collaroy, Sydney

Cost: $250,  $50 deposit to secure your place

What to bring: lunch, DSLR camera, your camera manual, any lenses or tripods you own.

Morning & afternoon tea included

Maximum of 5 participants.

If you are interested in coming, please phone Bernadette on 0432 731 488 and I’d love to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.

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