fbpx
We Simplify The Technical!

Peggy Farren interviews fine art floral photographer Rosie Lalonde.  Rosie gives us incredible tips and ideas for creating stunning floral images.  Thanks for tuning into episode #82 of The Understand Photography Show!

 

The show is now available as a podcast on iTunes!! Please do us a HUGE favor and leave us a rating and review! We are trying to reach more photography enthusiasts on iTunes. Your help makes a huge difference!


To hear this episode as a podcast on Soundcloud, click here:
http://www.soundcloud.com/understandphotography

Understand Photography General Notes

https://understandphotography.leadpages.co/4-weeks-photography-education-video/

Upcoming Trips:

Florida’s Forgotton Coast – Apalachicola area April 16-20, 2018 – sign up for the waiting list!

Women’s Photography Weekend Naples May 4-6, 2018

New Book!  Peggy Farren and Joe Fitzpatrick have published a book highlighting Florida’s best photo spots!
Find it here on Amazon!

About Rosie

Always been a photographer
Started with an in-home studio:  children, families, weddings and commercial photography
Retired and moved to Florida
Joined local camera club, saw a presentation on floral photography and became smitten

“You can teach people how to use a camera, but you can’t always teach people to have an eye.  You can be technically perfect but still have no life in your image.”

Find inspiration

– there’s nothing wrong with following other photographers
– when you’re with people that are talented, it’s surprising how much you can help each other grow and have fun

Tips for Creating a Stunning Floral Image

  • Before going out, browse previous captures.
  • Start with a stunning floral!  Try to find a pristine flower, especially if the petals are delicate – these can sometimes be difficult to “fix” in photoshop
  • Bring your passionate heart.
  • Sit and get to know the flower:  look at the potential, look at it from different angles, watch it in the wind, hone in on something small.

“I’m going to spend time with you until I capture your essence.”

  • Know your camera and how to set it up.
  • Fill your frame with the flower.
  • Set up the camera in RAW, Aperture Priority – be in charge of depth of field and f-stop
  • Play with lenses.  Bring more than one camera.  It’s difficult to be creative when you’re spending time changing lenses.
    – Compression from telephoto (70-300) is phenomenal.  Close focal distance (14”-18”), blur background while keeping flower in focus.
    – ISO outside – 200-400, inside 800-1000
    – Macro lens (105mm f/2.8) – very little of the flower is in focus
    – Lens Baby – can be difficult to use, f/1.4 – f/22, flower has a ‘glow’ – not good for EVERY
    image, it creates ‘a look’
  • Watch your f-stop
  • Avoid busy backgrounds.
    – Adjust your position to avoid distractions of dappled sunlight/shade.
    – Bring a background with you!  Rosie creates her own portable backgrounds on an 8 1/2” x 11” board.
    – Clamp (or “Plamp”) it in place behind your selected flower.
    – Print the image and mount it to a board to take with you.
    – Stylize the image with texture, abstract swirls, etc.
    – Take a picture of a background out of focus
  • No need for polarizing filters – they add contrast – aim for ‘soft’
  • No direct sunlight – shade is best.
    – use a diffuser
    – bounce light (or shade) onto the subject
    – no flash!
  • For indoor shots – natural light from a window – covered with white paper to diffuse
  • For fields of flowers – you need a focal point – it’s difficult to make it look better than a snapshot.

“Do not click that shutter until you hear the angels sing!”

Post Processing

“Affect the areas that will sing the loudest and are worth looking at.”

Lightroom – develop module, both RAW and jpeg formats have color/contrast to adjust
Do NOT adjust exposure first!!
1.  Lower highlights
2.  Bring shadows up
3.  Bring whites up
4.  NOW adjust exposure

“Work locally, THEN globally.”

Photoshop
– Remove background distractions or replace background
– Nik Filters – Color Efex Pro
– 3 most used:  glamour glow, tonal contrast, and color only contrast
– PLAY!
– USE LAYERS:  don’t alter original background image
– Save your originals!  You may find an effect you want to try later.

Finding Rosie:

website:  ImagesThatSpeak.org – check out her workshops and education opportunities as well as her stunning gallery!

Facebook:  Rosie Lalonde

Instagram:  @imagesthatspeak.florida

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This