Floral photographer Jackie Kramer shares advice and tips for great flower photography. Jackie sometimes uses textures that she photographs
at the same scene. High impact backgrounds, color combinations
and more will give you amazing flower photographs!
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Phlorography – Artistic Floral Photography
with Jackie Kramer
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Indoor Floral Photography
Not dependent on the weather – no wind.
Complete control of lighting and backgrounds.
– Play with what you have – abstract paintings, scarves or other fabrics can make a great blurred background.
– Colored gels on speedlights, Phillips Hue-Lights or colored flashlights can be bounced off walls to create interesting effects.
– Try light painting with longer exposures.
Able to choose the perfect blossom, or follow the same blossom from
bud, to maturity, to decay.
Able to isolate a single flower.
Able to shoot the flower from any angle or approach.
Outdoor Floral Photography
Rewarding to overcome the challenges of wind, imperfect blossoms,
insects, and temperature.
Adds an element of discovery.
Kneeling pad – great for kneeling outdoors, sitting on, base for
camera on the ground
– recommend larger size with a handle
Gear Ties – flexible rubber coated wires
– come in a variety of sizes, inexpensive
– great for moving unwanted stems or leaves out of the frame
Plamps – great for holding diffusers or reflectors on a tripod
Lenses and Lensbabies
– Recommend Macro-Specific Lens (90-105mm range)
– Wide variety of Lensbaby lenses available
– Don’t have a macro lens but want to try one?
Buy a used lens from your local camera shop, Hunt’s or
B&H (lots available with people switching to mirrorless).
Use extension tubes or diopters with one of your current
Soft light is best.
-Use a diffuser to soften harsh light.
“Treat flowers like people and light them similarly.”
– Should enhance or allow the subject to take center stage.
– Should not detract from the subject.
“If something in the background doesn’t add to the subject,
it shouldn’t be there.”
– Should have colors complimentary to the subject or within
the same color family.
– Avoid dark or light spots that draw your eye away from the
– Avoid things that merge with the subject – unless they
– Create your own backgrounds to add in during post-
– shoot images from the same area as your subject – “they
have the same DNA”
– create a color blur, capture interesting textures or
Study your subject.
– How does it grow? Solitary or in a group? What does it
– Flowers can have a personality. Try to incorporate the
personality of the flower into your lighting and
– Focus on various levels of the flower. You may choose to
stack them later or pick one from the group.
Tips for Improving Your Flower Photography
– Take classes, webinars or workshops.
– Join a group or club with like interests.
– Read articles and look at other photographers’ work for
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