My theme for assignment 5 is ‘flowers’ and as part of my research, I searched for ‘Flowers’ in the ‘techniques’ area of Ephotozine, of which I am a member. What I found was a whole list of tips and guidance and a few tutorials from Ephotozine members who specialise, or at least focus to a large extent, on photographing flowers.
As expected, there was a lot of stuff I knew or at least had come across before such as making sure that the specimens you use are perfect, avoid harsh sunlight, how to avoid or reduce harsh shadows etc. Many of my pictures have been taken indoors, some in my conservatory using natural daylight and I have also used artificial light; two flash lights with umbrellas to diffuse the light and reflectors to bounce light back onto areas of the flower in shadow and minimise shadows. The conservatory is not always convenient though if there are other people in the house and the light in most of the windows in other rooms I could use isn’t really good enough, so when I saw that one photographer, Alison M advocated using the greenhouse as a studio, I thought I would give it a go. http://www.ephotozine.com/article/abstract-flower-photography-tips-15546 A lot of Ali’s flower pictures are abstract and very artistic and I’m still practicing with that but I have found the greenhouse tip really useful as there is good light, I can close the door so that it is out of the wind, the workbench is a good working height and it is easy to stick some greaseproof paper over the glass to diffuse the light if need be. I can see this being somewhere to work on wet and wintery days too and it doesn’t cost a thing which is even better!