Skill Level: Anyone
Course length: 4 weeks
Next start date: 6th September 2014
Few photographers can resist a field of wildflowers, a cherry orchard bursting into blossom, or a tulip covered in dew drops early on a spring morning.
But how do you make an image of these flowers that really works? The sophistication of camera technology will usually ensure a photo that is correctly exposed and sharp, but this alone is not enough.
Sue will discuss the many different considerations that will help you to elevate your photography to a new level, and to take photographs that are beautiful images rather than just a record of a flower.
This course will look at many different aspects of flower photography, including using and understanding natural light, making the best use of colour, finding your viewpoint and composing your photograph, as well as more technical matters like understanding how different focal length lenses work, and making the best use of depth of field.
This course is taught by one of the world’s greatest flower photographers. Sue Bishop will guide you through all the different ways to improve your flower photos and help you to find beautiful images.
Each lesson will be illustrated with Sue’s stunning flower photographs, together with detailed explanations of how the images were achieved.
Week 1: Understanding Light. In flower photography, as in any other kind of photography, the quality of light is one of the most important things to consider. Light is extremely variable – it can be soft and diffused or hard and bright; it can fall on your flower from above, in front, behind, or from the side; and it can vary in colour temperature. We can’t alter the light conditions when we are photographing outdoors, but at least if we have an understanding of the different types of light and how they behave in a photograph we will be able to make the best use of the light which we have.
Week 2: Lenses, ISO and Exposure. In some ways the huge advances in technology would seem to make the task a very simple one for photographers – just point the camera at the flower and let technology do the rest. But of course the camera is just a machine, a tool which requires the understanding and skill of the person who uses it. In this lesson we will look at some of the important features of cameras and lenses.
Week 3: Colour. The spectrum of colours in the world around us is almost infinite in its variety. To say, for instance, that a flower is purple only begins to describe its colour; there are many different hues and shades of purple, and each of these can be either saturated or pastel; and the way these shades appear to us is then further affected by the type of light which is falling onto them. It is also affected significantly by the context. This lecture explores everything about colour.
Week 4: Composition. A definition of a good composition might be that it is one in which all the elements work together, and the arrangement of shape, colour and light seems to be harmonious and balanced. Sometimes we may make this composition intuitively, but there are various so called rules, or guidelines, of composition which can be helpful to bear in mind.
To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!
You’ll probably best suited to this course if you have an SLR digital camera. We won’t stop you doing it if you haven’t though! as it gives many gems of information that are applicable to all enthusiastic garden photographers.
A Tripod is useful as is off camera flash but not essential to do the course.
Booking a Place
MyGardenSchool Gardening Courses Start on the First Saturday of Every Month. You can book your course up to two months in advance:
April Course: Starts Saturday April 7th
May Course: Starts Saturday May 5th
Your tutor will make their video lectures available to you each Saturday morning for four weeks, and will support you throughout the course. Book now to secure a place!
Whether you’re interested in garden photography or flower photography, this course is taught by one of the world’s greatest flower photographers. Sometimes flower photography can be so beautiful they take on the qualities of art photography. Particularly when you’re looking at plant macro photography.
This flower photography course includes tips on how to photograph gardens, lighting flowers, macro photography with plants and flowers and also different techniques of more advanced flower photography with digital SLR cameras.
The moment when a flower is fresh and perfect is a fleeting one, and must be one of the most beautiful subjects for a photographer. This course looks at understanding and using natural light and colour, as well as creating satisfying compositions, in a way that is suitable for both beginners and more advanced photographers. No special equipment is needed, just any type of camera and a lot of enthusiasm for photographing flowers and plants!
A deep understanding of how light impacts your flower photography
Inspiration to go and try new techniques
Core knowledge about composition and colour
Tips and tricks on professional flower photography