Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis

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9780240820736: Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis

Capture stunning macro floral images with this gorgeous guide by acclaimed photographer Harold Davis. You'll learn about different types of flowers, macro equipment basics, and the intricacies of shooting different floral varieties in the field and in the studio.

Harold also shows you techniques in the Photoshop darkroom that can be applied to flower photography to help you get the most out of your images.

Beautiful and authoritative, this guide to photographing flowers is a must-read for every photographer interested in flower photography. Photographing Flowers will also win a place in the hearts of those who simply love striking floral imagery. 

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Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Harold Davis, Author of Photographing Flowers

Harold Davis

Dear Amazon Readers:

I love flowers, and I have always been passionate about photographing them. Flowers are uniquely beautiful, wonderfully colorful, and exhibit an elegance of line with a grace and style that is unique.

My house is certainly no Giverny, but like Claude Monet and other artists such as the expressionist Emil Nolde, I grow flowers and use them in my work. I’m also okay with photographing flowers from the supermarket. I sometimes quip that one good thing about photographing flowers is that you don’t need to get them to sign a model release.

As someone whose professional work includes shooting beautiful women and exotic landscapes, I can tell you that there is nothing I’d rather photograph than flowers. So, first, and foremost, Photographing Flowers is a collection of my best floral photography. But it is also a technique book. In my book, I show you how I go about capturing flowers, starting with ideas and conception, and continuing through to the digital photography itself. I’ll also show you the techniques I use to post-process and finish my flower photos in the digital darkroom.

Want to know more about macro lenses and how to use them? Then this is the book for you. Along the way I explain some important points about flower botany, and how flower sexuality works. You’ve heard of “the birds and bees, flowers and trees,” right? Well, from the photographer’s viewpoint, it’s a little different than you might think!

Photographing Flowers also includes the specifics of many of my special photographic techniques, including rendering flowers for translucency using a lightbox, and photographing on a dark, velvet background. In the digital darkroom, I’ll show you how to create monochromatic flower images, and how to make photos of flowers that look as if they might have been painted by Georgia O’Keeffe or Vincent van Gogh.

I truly hope you enjoy Photographing Flowers as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.

Best wishes in photography,

Harold Davis

Images and Stories from Photographing Flowers [Click on Images to Enlarge]

Cycle of Life

Left: This is a shot of corn poppies (Papaver rhoeas) in my garden in early June. Many people do not know that “poppies” have their name because the flower literally pops out of its pod. This action takes place surprisingly quickly, and it can be a challenge to capture it photographically! The poppy in the center of the photo is mature, but the one to the upper right has just bloomed, shedding its delicate pod cover onto the petals of the more mature flower. The entire life cycle is compressed in this photo, but the pace of the action as it is captured seems languid and dreamy.

Poppies and Irises

Right: This image of red poppies and irises combined flowers from my garden (the poppies) and a bunch purchased at the store (the irises). I arranged the flowers carefully on a light box, then shot straight down, aiming for a high-key (overexposed) effect. Using a tripod to keep the composition in synch, I shot ten exposures with my 50mm macro lens. Each exposure was made at f/11 and ISO 100, with shutter speeds between two seconds and 1/50 of a second. To get the results shown, I started by processing the brightest exposure first (the one shot at two seconds), and then pasted in details from the darker exposures in successive layers, using Photoshop layers and layer masks.

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Summer Rain

Left: Following an unusual summer rain storm, the garden was heavy with waterdrops in the fragrant, still air. To capture these reflections of geranium blossoms, I used a telephoto macro lens (200mm) combined with a 36mm extension tube, and waited until the branch was absolutely still to make my capture.

Zinnia

Right: With four kids, the bathroom in our old house could certainly use a facelift. But one nice feature is the frosted glass in the bathroom door, which has often caught my photographer’s eye. This frosted pane in the upper half of our bathroom door was probably added in the 1940s or 1950s. I found myself wondering what it would be like to photograph a flower through the glass. To try this out, I taped a Zinnia behind this glass, opened the door to maximize the light on the flower, and then set up my camera on a tripod. I used a 50mm macro lens to shoot the flower through the glass. This is a neat, impressionistic flower image that required no special fancy tools, or lighting beyond that available anywhere! If you keep your eyes open and look around you, you can find many floral photographic opportunities in unexpected places that can yield startling and exciting results without requiring any fancy equipment.

About the Author:

Harold Davis is an award-winning professional photographer. He is the best-selling author of more than 30 books, including The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations (Focal Press), Creative Porraits: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Black & White: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Composition: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), Creative Close-Ups: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press) and Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O'Reilly). Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, www.photoblog2.com, and is a regular photography and Photoshop columnist for Photo.net, a photography site with more than one million members. Harold is a popular presenter on a wide range of digital photography and Photoshop topics. His workshops are sought after and often sold out. In addition to writing and photography, Harold has been a software engineer, an enterprise technology consultant, and an Internet company executive. Photographic adventures and assignments have taken him across the Brooks Range, the northernmost mountains in Alaska. He has photographed the World Trade Towers, hanging out of a small plane, followed in the footsteps of Seneca Ray Stoddard, a 19th-century photographer of the Adirondacks, and created human interest photo stories about the residents of Love Canal, an environmental disaster area. Harold is well known for his night photography and experimental ultra-long exposure techniques, use of vibrant, saturated colors in landscape compositions, and beautiful creative floral imagery. He is inspired by the flowers in his garden, hiking in the wilderness, and the work of great artists and photographers including M.C. Escher, Monet, van Gogh, and Edward Weston.

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