PLaying with flash

9 years 7 months ago #80759 by mj~shutterbugg
I have a tough time lighting with flash. Making it look natural and not over blown is tough. So I purchased some flowers for trial with.









as always constructive crit welcome!

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9 years 7 months ago - 9 years 7 months ago #80839 by MLKstudios
In the other thread you asked for some Hard Hat CC. Hope you are ready. I'm going to talk to you as if you were my student...

What you have is fine. The technical is there -- focus, exposure, etc. But, what you've photographed has no YOU in them. We've all seen pretty flower pics 6 million times. Yes, they're pretty. That's all.

If you want to move to the next level in photography, you need to make your work more personal. The personal becomes the universal. It has to mean something to you to mean something to anyone else. Not just be a copy of pictures we've ALL seen before.

Mappelthorpe did flower pics, but his have "drama" to them. He looked at flowers in a different way. They have emotion.

It doesn't matter what you shoot, as long is it important enough to you to make a stellar image, not a Xeroxed one.

HTH,

Matthew :)

PS if all you wanted to know was did you light them well. The lighting is fine. Last one is a touch dark, but that kind of works for it.

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9 years 7 months ago #81029 by mj~shutterbugg
Matthew,
Thank you for your honesty. I knew these weren't my best and clearly that shows. I am having a very hard time injecting emotion into my work apparently. I took an extended shooting hiatus (like a decade :whistle: ) and I am currently trying to shoot daily or every other day. I guess my well for inspiration has run a bit dry. I kinda take what I see around me and go with it. Maybe I should be more selective in what I photograph? How do I inject me into them? I am having a very hard time with that. I would love to re-enroll in art school but have no money for that. I had to take a loan to buy new equipment and think I may have purchased a camera greater than my needs, heck who am I kidding, I KNOW I did and did that on purpose so I could grow into it.

I guess that's why I posted to help me grown both artistically and technically. Thanks for the advice and please keep it coming.

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9 years 7 months ago #81039 by MLKstudios

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9 years 7 months ago #81041 by Nikonjan
Practice makes perfect they say. Several years ago when I posted some flowers on a site someone said, "everybody and their mother takes pictures of flowers" so I haven't done them as much. And you really have to do different things with them to stand out. Just trying different techniques. But as you are doing, working with flash is great with learning that and the results. Look at the whole picture then get closer and closer. A picture within a picture. Enjoy your photography, that's what it is about.

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9 years 7 months ago #81059 by photobod
As far as flower photos go these are fine, a tad on the dullish side, if youve seen my style though you will know why say that, but you havent blown them out with the flash which is good because thats the main problem with flash, I assume you have used a diffuser.
I hear what Matthew is saying but Mapplethorpe is one of those photographers that shone way above the mainstream, but theres no harm in looking at his work and maybe aspiring to something similar and thats where you should go next, find photographers that are photographing subjects tyhat you are interested in, dont just copy them but look and learn, try to see how a subject has been lit, look at the background, look at the DoF etc etc.
Next get out there and practise.

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9 years 7 months ago - 9 years 7 months ago #81061 by MLKstudios
You sometimes hit what you aim for. If you aim low, you'll most definitely get there. Aim high.

:)

Check out Lin Ann's work (a former student):

web.me.com/laanantha/Site/Welcome.html

Beware: the internet is full of mediocre photographers who aspire to be mediocre, all willing to help one another attain that goal.

Matthew L Kees
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