For intermediate and advanced photographers, this course will take you beyond point and shoot floral photography. Emma shares all her secrets, built up over her career as a garden and flower photographer. Be warned though - at least half of the magic happens in editing so if you object to editing this course is not for you.
You will learn how to get the best possible digital file in-camera as your starting point.
You will find out which compromises you can safely make if the light or weather is not ideal, and which cannot be sacrificed.
You will understand how to use composition and light to craft the exact image you want, rather than taking hundreds of images and hoping one of them is OK.
Emma goes over the technical details of each shot (aperture, shutter speed and ISO), teaching you how to extend your practical application of camera controls.
Emma will show you exactly how she edits her images in Lightroom, and how you can take her workflow as a starting point to develop your own style.
Please read the whole of this page before you join - there is a list of essential kit/gear and expected skills below. Due to Emma's writing commitments she cannot offer individual feedback on images for this run-through of the course, and the price has been reduced to reflect that.
Please note this course does not teach studio lighting nor flash photography. All lighting is natural daylight, except for one lesson that uses a light box.
1: Basic table top studio flower portrait
2: Bigger arrangement
3: Still life
4: Introduction to macro
5: Shooting contrejour (against the light)
6: Hero flowers in the field
7: Stepping back & shooting wide
8: Dealing with bad weather
9: Using a lightbox
"I've been photographing flowers for years, but Emma Davies's Art of Flower Photography course made all the difference, it taught me how to see the whole of the flowers, how to get the lighting right, taught sound composition rules and as the icing on the cake the course showed how to use Lightroom to make the finishing touches." Inge
"I loved Emma's fine art flower course. It is a fabulous way to learn and master new skills and increased my flower fascination. The photography and editing skills learnt have expanded my photography confidence. I now have new expert knowledge about light, composition, depth of field macro, contrejour, lightbox photography (great fun), shooting flowers in the field and shooting vistas." Jillian
I am a more disciplined photographer as a result and now have a much better idea of why a photo works - or doesn't. I valued the cameraderie among the course participants and the fact that we were all progressing though the course together was very motivational." Hilary
This is for you if you want to take beautiful shots of flowers, indoors and out. You want images good enough to hang on your wall, print on cards, or give as gifts. One day you might like to sell your shots, or enter some competitions.
- You are no longer a complete beginner photographer: you know how to shoot off auto mode, even if you don't always do it.
- You want to learn how to set up a low-cost table-top indoor natural light studio.
- You are ready for the challenge of finding beautiful shots outdoors, whatever the weather.
- You know that fine art photography involves a lot of attention to detail.
- You want to learn how to edit your images in Lightroom (50% of the course is editing).
This course is an intermediate level course. It does not explain the basics of exposure, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Each lesson does run through which settings to use, and why, and there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions. If you know that a large sized aperture gives a shallow depth of field, even if you can't change the settings quickly, that's enough to join the course. If you don't know what aperture or depth of field are, you're not ready for this particular course.
It is expected that you:
- know how to change aperture, shutter speed and ISO on your own camera
- know how to switch between manual and auto focus
- understand what aperture and depth of field are
- understand what shutter speed is, and how it affects blur and camera shake
- understand what ISO is, and why it is important to keep it as low as possible
In each lesson I explain which settings to use and why, but I do not go right back to basics.
You do not need to have any experience with Lightroom. There is a short introductory course in the pre-course material, and then in each lesson I will show you everything you need to know.
Edits are shown using Lightroom. If you use other software to edit you will need to translate the edits shown to your software.
Emma was recently featured in Digital Photographer magazine's Fine Art Flower Photography issue:
"I've always wanted to photograph flowers well, especially macro shots, but it's always been a hit and miss affair, with far too much of the flower being blurred, and me being not sure why, or being under or over exposed. I learned a lot technically but also creatively. It's given me lots of new ideas plus practical tips to ensure I get consistently good results.
When I do get shots I'm not so pleased with I can usually work out why. Its also trained my eye to look more before taking a shot. I especially loved the lesson on contre jour - shooting into the light producing great looking images." Susie
"I loved this course as it made me focus, gave me a structure, and got me back into learning mode. It also made me get out and use my camera which has a tendency to gather dust! I found the lessons very clear and so informative. Emma gave step by step instructions to follow with the added benefit of having videos to watch and I could stop and start it and action each newly learnt skill.
I liked the fact that Emma advised on how you can use things in the house as props and equipment without the need to spend a fortune. I have been so proud of my resulting photographs and definitely more confident in my technical abilities in camera and post production." Karin
What kit do I need?
You will need a camera with manual controls - one where you can change aperture, shutter speed and ISO independently. You do not need to be able to change the lens, although you will not be able to do the macro lesson without either a macro lens, macro mode or extension tubes.
What software do I need?
Half of the course is editing. I demonstrate my edits using Lightroom. You will need a copy of Lightroom to follow the editing part of the course. If you don't already have Lightroom but want to invest, one of the lessons in the Introduction walks you through everything you need to get started.
Do I need a tripod?
All of the indoor lessons require a stabilised camera to enable long shutter speeds. A tripod is the easiest way to go hands-free with your camera whilst being able to easily change its position between shots. You can use any kind of stable support though, in combination with a self timer - a pile of books or a bag of rice will get you started.
What do I need to set up a studio?
For the first 4 lessons you will need to set up next to a window. You will be using indirect natural daylight as your main light source, and you'll need a space about 1 metre square minimum for your flowers and background, plus what you need for you and your camera. Backgrounds can be as simple as a bare wall, or piece of wallpaper, or you can invest in professional, collapsible studio backdrops. Details are all included in the Introduction. The last lesson of the course calls for a light box - you can buy one, or construct one using a household light and diffused support.
What flowers will I need?
You will be working with a combination of single stems and larger arrangements. No prior arranging skills are required. In the one lesson calling for a larger arrangement, full instructions are included.
Can I pay in another currency?
Yes - the course price will convert to your local currency at checkout. As a very rough guide, at the end of April 2019, £175 was approximately $230, or Euro 205. The exact exchange rate will be different on the day you purchase the course.
What feedback is included?
No feedback on individual images is included. This is a work-at-your-own pace course, with an optional private Facebook group to share images and chat to other students. Emma is available in the Facebook group for questions about the course.
Is there a private Facebook group?
Yes, there is a private Facebook group for past and present members of the course.
When do the lessons start and how long will I have access to them?
You will be able to access the pre-course material as soon as you join the course. This includes information on how to set up your studio, and how to get started with Lightroom. The course lessons go live on 6 May. All the lessons will remain accessible to you for as long as I am in business (at least 1 year).
Do you have another question?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can help.
I'm delighted with the course so far and how much it has pushed me on with managing light and exposure assessments and working with Lightroom and Raw images ...Read More
I'm delighted with the course so far and how much it has pushed me on with managing light and exposure assessments and working with Lightroom and Raw images for the first time. The detailed instructions and editing videos have been invaluable and helped me produce some images I can feel proud. As with everything time is always a factor and so I'll be revisiting all the lessons as I feel there's still much more for me to work on and absorb. I'm especially looking forward to trying more single flower studies and macro.Read Less
Excellent course has taught me so much and showed me how much I have to learn, but the fun is not being afraid to try things, it does not matter if they are ...Read More
Excellent course has taught me so much and showed me how much I have to learn, but the fun is not being afraid to try things, it does not matter if they are not perfect, each step is a step forward. I have so many ideas now. I also revisit the lessons to remind me of edits which is so useful.Read Less