Flower Portraits: Capturing The True Beauty Of Flowers

with Kathleen Clemons

Workshop begins September 7th, 2020

Flowers make perfect photographic subjects for a variety of reasons: they are colorful and ever-changing, they come in many different varieties, and you can find them everywhere. Flower subject choices are infinite, from wild daisies scattered in a field, to your florist’s finest roses, from spring’s early crocuses and daffodils to the elegance of calla lilies and orchids, each with their own special beauty.

If your flower photos are less than spectacular, this is the class for you! Kathleen will share her tips and secrets to creating her stunning, award-winning flower photographs.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

 

You’ll learn the rules (and how to break them!) of composing beautiful flower images, how to isolate and simplify your compositions, how to use natural light to your advantage, as well as how to work around less than desirable lighting situations. You’ll learn how to choose a background, gain a deeper understanding of depth of field and how to add a more artistic look to your images.

Kathleen will teach you what to look for in a subject and how to best capture flowers to create photos you can be proud of. Each week she will also show you images straight from her camera, and you will learn exactly how she created and processed the shot to create the final image. As the class progresses you will begin to look at flowers in new and exciting ways.

Lessons are a combination of videos, slideshows, and PDFs.

LESSON ONE

 

Flowers as Portraits

 

Recommended Equipment
Lens Choice
An Introduction to Lensbaby Magic
Getting Closer: Alternatives to Macro Lenses
How to use Diffusers and Reflectors
Natural Lighting Outside and Inside
Simple Set Ups
The Story Behind the Shot

LESSON TWO

 

Learning to See

 

Finding the Unique
The Art of Simplification
Composition
Breaking Rules
How to “Work it”
Avoiding Merges
Personification
The Story Behind the Shot

LESSON THREE

 

Decisions, Decisions

 

Depth of Field in Detail
All about Aperture Selection
Selective Focus
Best Focus Placement
All About Backgrounds
The Story Behind the Shot

LESSON FOUR

 

Artistic Twists

 

Basic Photoshop Processing for Flowers
High Key Flowers
Black and White
Shooting through Natural and Unnatural Materials
Adding a Texture
Finding Your Style
The Story Behind the Shot

Meet Your Workshop Instructor

Kathleen Clemons

 

Kathleen Clemons is an award-winning photographer, teacher, speaker, author and workshop leader from the coast of Maine. Primarily a nature photographer who specializes in photographing flowers, Kathleen is known for her creative use of natural light and unique, artistic photographs.

How Does the Course Work?

Workshops operate 100% online. All our premium course content is available to you 24/7 so you can learn at a time that suits you!

Our team of Instructors have put together easy to follow courses incorporating comprehensive lessons and complementary video content. Our All-Inclusive students are guided through each weekly lesson through our Student Forum and will receive invaluable personalized feedback on their progress.

And best of all, access to your course content is maintained for 6 months from the start date of your course, so you can come back to it at any time during that period (excludes forum access).

This is all about happy students

“This course is so much more in depth and I’m so so glad I took the complete course.  I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed this course.  My mind is filled with different ways to look at flowers, I mean really look at flowers and then try to capture what I’ve seen.Thank you again.”
~Stephanie B
“Thank you for offering this class via Gather Academy.  It’s been an incredible experience.  I just don’t have the words to express what I’ve learned and what it means to me.  I know I have a lot more to learn and certainly a lot left to master – I’ve just touched the surface and can’t wait to dive in deeper!”
~Louisa A
“Your class is really helping me to slow down and THINK as I’m shooting.  Even when my instincts say “this is the shot, press that shutter”, I’m pausing and stepping back, thinking through if I really have the focus just where I want it, have I framed the flower to emphasize what I’m seeing, etc. Shooting indoors also helps allow me to take the time to do that, no wind and fast changing light; but the more practice and discipline I put towards “thinking” to make it a routine, and not just getting excited about the beauty I’m seeing, will definitely help me out in the field.
Your teaching style and the format of this class, is really clicking with me. Thank you so much for the time, effort, and thought you put into this content!”
~Denise M
“Kathleen, I cannot begin to thank you enough.  In my 30 years as an educator, I have not only taught but have taken classes from hundreds of instructors.  This is one of the best classes I have ever taken!  The selection, presentation and pacing of the content is exceptional.  Your critiques of our photographs are geared to our individual needs and cover numerous editing, color and composition points.  The time you spend answering our individual questions and making videos to explain editing techniques based on individual questions goes beyond expectations.  Your dedication to your students and photography is apparent through out this course.  My goal is to someday be able to participate in person in one of your workshops.  Until then, I will continue to take your on line classes.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”
 ~Judy

Sign-up For This Course

All-Inclusive

Get detailed instructor feedback and support and while enjoying interacting with like-minded creatives through our online forum during the course. Share your work, enjoy the challenges and instructor-led discussions in our online classroom which is open 24/7. Access to our Student-led Masters forum upon course completion.

PRICE BELOW QUOTED IN USD

$350.00

Observation Seat

Get access to our online classroom to follow along with forum conversations and instructor critiques of the ‘All-Inclusive’ student assignments. Observation seat students do not participate in discussions and don’t receive direct instructor feedback. Access to our Student-led Masters forum upon course completion.

PRICE BELOW QUOTED IN USD

$175.00

Independent Learning

Move beyond static pages and learn at your own pace and independently. Independent learners have access to the online course allowing you to track your progress and manage your time for the course as you go. Learn at your own pace on any device. Note as an independent learner you do not have access to the Student Forum or instructor feedback and critique.
PRICE BELOW QUOTED IN USD

$135.00

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