The Flower Photography Workshop was presented by Gary Shaver last Saturday. We learned shooting techniques then put them to use in the flower gardens at Nathanael Greene Park. Following that, Gary showed us some of his processing ideas.
The weather was hot! Fortunately, there was shade and a breeze. Although the breeze felt good, it made focusing more difficult. Still, it was fun shooting with old and new friends, and I got some images that I like.
One of the processing ideas was to add texture. Different looks can be achieved by selecting a different blending mode.
I used the textures that come with Photoshop. Additional textures can be found online for free or purchase. Textures can create a mood and add dimension to a photo.
Using a diffuser or reflector helps when shooting in difficult lighting situations. I had never worked with either before and was surprised at what a difference they make.
When held close to the subject, a diffuser creates a warm glow which can add a special touch.
Another technique is called "shoot through". For this, you shoot through something (plants, netting, lace) that is somewhat transparent. I was not happy with my results, but it is something I will explore again.
Here I was shooting through plants. The idea is to have what you are shooting through be a blur. I was not close enough to get this effect and the stems are too obvious.
What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!