Flowers are one of the most popular photography genres because they just have it all: texture, colours, shapes and some would even say, a personality. But not all flower photographs are made equally, and the question is: how to make outstanding flower images? There are general rules and guidelines how to do this. But on the other side, rules a good but not obligatory. In my opinion, it’s rather a combination of common rules and the photographers own experiences and influences as well. Therefore, in this article, I’ll show you how I do flower photography, and hope to give you a valuable information you can adopt to your own flower photography. So read on, folks.
If you would like to shoot photos with a flash, you need to know your gear. Otherwise, it will happen that your pics look ugly and flat even with an expensive external flash. Luckily, there is a method beginners can use to train the skills in flash photography. This method is called TTL and in this blogpost I’ll give you some explanations about TTL. You will also get some information about the pros and the cons of TTL. In total, the whole topic TTL is about how much control of your camera you want, or how much control you want to give your device.
Photoshop* has tons of features to edit and to retouch photos. As a beginner, you will be overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of possibilities and ways how to achieve great results. Maybe that’s why the most people using Photoshop are not familiar with the so-called LAB mode which lives in a shadowy existence of the RGB mode. But if you delve more into this mode, you will see that the LAB mode brings a lot of advantages the normal RGB mode often cannot provide. Thus, getting closer this topic, you would bring your Photoshop skills to a next level and gain an edge to stand out from the crowd. That’s why I’d like to introduce to you the LAB mode and show you the advantages.
Aperture is one of those variables beginners usually tend to use in the same way: if they want to have a portrait, they tend to open the aperture as wide as possible (f/1.8 or even f/1.4) to make the background as shallow as possible. On the other hand, in landscape photography, they tend to close the aperture as much as possible (up to f/22) to get the most depth of field as they can. But the truth is that the issue about the aperture is not simple like that, and there are better ways to achieve desired results. That’s why I’d like to discuss a bit about what aperture to use, depending on the situation.
Have you ever been in a situation when you made photos with a DSLR in RAW-fomat and your pics never looked like professional ones you know from a poster, post card or the internet? And did you ask yourself, if the problem would be caused by your equipment? Or maybe it were your poor techniques which let you feel like an amateur without any skills? Let me tell you folks – it’s not about you or your equipment. It’s actually about the way the modern DSLR cameras are designed! And that’s a good news, isn’t it? With this article I hope to give you some clarity so you can boost up your photography.