Flower Photography~ Let’s give it a go. Newbie welcome!

Photographing flowers is one of the most popular forms of photography and has always been a favorite because you can photograph flowers growing in the wild, flowers that are cultivated in greenhouses  and gardens or even photograph cut flowers and arrangements in a studio  environment.

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You can use both conventional film and digital cameras for photographing flowers. You can also use any lens in flower photography, from the well known ultra-wide angle lens (17mm)  to the super-telephoto lens (300mm or 400mm). If you are a serious photographer and would like to get spectacular close-ups buy yourself a macro lens which will  enable you to get very close to your subject without distorting the picture.

A tripod is essential because it reduces the chance that you’ll get a blurry image. Many tripods, even when fully collapsed, are too high for photographing low growing flowers. That is why you need to get a tripod that allows you to get close to the ground. A special kind of tripod, called a tabletop tripod, is great for photographing small flowers and other objects.

Ideally, the lighting for photographing flowers should be a soft, diffused light of open shade or a cloudy day.  Because a flower photo can be very attractive when illuminated by flash, night photography can also be an option (for the more advanced photographer).  You will have to learn to be very patient, especially in windy conditions…

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Be artistic and make use of unusual angles when you are photographing flowers, either indoors or outdoors. Try photographing the same flowers in early morning light and photograph them again in late afternoon light to see the different effects. Create a certain mood by using warming filters and add water droplets to the petal of your flower and give it that dewy, morning look. Also experiment with backlighting and try to highlight the transparency of the petals.

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Remember that although most people love color photography, creative flower photography can also be in monochrome. Learn as much as you can about the different types of flowers to become successful in flower photography. A great place to go is your nearest Botanical gardens!

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Rosemary & Thyme- The Language of Flowers- Season 1, Episode 3

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This fabulous BBC TV series is like a great chocolate bar-fun and tasty.  The mysteries are engaging and the huge variety of gardens visually delightful. You’ll come to know and love the quirky gardeners and their cut to the chase style and your only regret will be the fact that the series ended.

This is another delightful English mystery series that is just darned fun.  It is about two women horticulturist who stumble upon murders while doing their gardens.  The gardens shown in this series are beautiful, I only wish there had been more seasons of the show.  If you enjoyed Midsommers Murders or  Marple this is a must see.

Rosemary and Laura are hired by Frances Caldecott, the owner of the Vincent House Health Spa, to rejuvenate ‘The Dell’ a water cascade designed by the late Fenella Gothe. Fearing they may not be able to get the water running again, the team is surprised when Frances wants to change completely the plant scheme chosen by her late husband, Edwin. Rosemary is given a copy of a book entitled The Language of Flowers, written by Edwin, but only published after his death. Laura and Rosemary are invited to dinner with Frances and her children Kate and Jeff. When Frances doesn’t arrive, they are all shocked to find her strangled in her study

When the ill-tempered matron of the family is murdered, Laura and Rosemary attempt to expose the killer by reading clues left in the flower garden by its long dead creator

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