Photographing Flowers

To start today off I'd like to say thank you to all the great photographers who work hard to make flowers look beautiful. I am a great lover of Pinterest and its abundance of swoon-worthy flower photos and as a Pinterest consumer, I know how easy it is to take these fabulous pictures for granted. Doesn't everything always look that good? No. No it does not. It takes hard work and lots of knowledge to make your corals pop, your creams glow and all the rest fade gracefully into the background. Nothing has made me appreciate that more than trying to photograph my own arrangements.

A few years ago I was given an amazing DSLR camera by my uncle while I was visiting Japan. It was and still is one of the kindest gifts I've ever received. As a non-photographer, I was floored by the generosity, but absolutely befuddled by the camera!  Since then I've taken the camera out more than a few times and shot sometimes okay and sometimes not fabulous pictures. Exhibit A...

Honestly, what was I trying to focus on? It is such a shame that those gorgeous flowers were not photographed in a way that allows you to appreciate them! Uh!!

Honestly, what was I trying to focus on? It is such a shame that those gorgeous flowers were not photographed in a way that allows you to appreciate them! Uh!!

Today was the first day that I really sat down and read about how to optimize my awesome camera. I'm proud to say that I've made some progress!! See what you think!

Check out that focus! 

Check out that focus! 

I was lucky to find a great blog post by Erin, a photographer who does photography workshops/courses specifically for floral designers. Photographing flowers is notoriously difficult because of the colours and textures, so, it was fantastic to find a photographer who was sharing tips specifically for floral designers. I also checked out what Kevin and Amanda had to say about what all those settings are for here. Thank you for helping me get acquainted with my camera! I'm excited to embark on my photography journey as I continue on my flower journey!