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!


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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.”

– Remove background distractions or replace background
– Nik Filters – Color Efex Pro
– 3 most used:  glamour glow, tonal contrast, and color only contrast
– 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

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