Taking Pictures of the Flowers

Whenever you want to gift someone elderly or a dear friend, think of buying pictures or paintings of flowers for these are sure to be appreciated by them. People generally feel happy to look at flowers and it brings a positive emotion and smile on their face.

Alternatively see if you can buy a photo frame for your family photo with flower decorations on the frame. It will make your family photo look very elegant and nice. You can gift a photo with such frame to your in laws too.

A soft printed cushion with pictures of yellow flowers or pink and lavender flowers on white background will make a nice gift to your close friends, mother in law, mother or any of your aunts too.

Yellow roses, lilies, lavender and posies make great pictures when you buy them and get them framed for gifting. You might be lucky to find coffee mugs with pictures of flowers painted on them too.

If you are good with cameras, how about taking pictures of the flowers you have grown in your garden and print some good pictures and frame them. They make excellent gift that is representative of you. Flowers are always appreciated by every one and coming from you makes it that much more special and unique.

From now onwards carry your camera with you wherever you go and daily keep clicking pictures of flowers wherever you see. You might get to see flowers in your own garden or in your neighbor’s garden. Look for them in the park or near your office. You will find both a bush as well as single flowers calling you out. Click as many as you can and then short list the good ones that you wish to print.

Before you start shooting with your camera, it would be worthwhile looking at some of the pictures available on the Internet. Though there are thousands of pictures, you can choose what you want to see and these pictures will give you an understanding of how to capture the beauty of the flower and its essence in the right angle and light. Read up on how to use your camera for such pictures from the website and you will be able to shoot some amazing pictures.

When you start noticing flowers, you will be reminded of the person for whom the particular flower picture will suit and thereby you will be guided to click the right picture and present it as the unique gift to that person alone.

Photo Printing on Canvas – Create Beautiful Artwork For Your Home

Photo printing on canvas is a great way to get artwork for your home. You take your favorite photo and have it transferred onto canvas. This will help the photo last much longer than just in its paper form. There are many different looks you can get depending on the pictures you are using too.

You might have a favorite family photo you want to hang on the wall. Just use that photo and have it transferred onto whatever size canvas you want. Then if you are also having it framed select which frame you want on it. Now you have a great photo for the family room or the living room.

Maybe you are trying to decorate your bedroom with some pictures. This a great place to take some of the kids’ photos and have the photo printing on canvas done. That way the first thing you see is the kids’ pictures when you wake up in the morning.

If you want this canvas print to look more like artwork and less like a photo transferred as in the above pictures, you can use landscape photos or a piece of artwork done by a family member. Have a favorite flower photo that you have taken? Maybe you have a nice seascape photo? Either one of these would look great on a canvas.

Your child or other family member may have some great artistic talents. Perhaps he or she has done a wonderful drawing of something that you would like to keep from now on. Having it transferred to canvas will allow you to keep it in better condition longer than the paper they drew it on.

The canvases are stretched over stretcher bars until they are taut. Edges are even part of the picture in case you do not want to hang them with a frame. This gives the picture a modern look as opposed to a more traditional look of framing the canvases. The frames can be found in several finishes though.

These canvases can be hung as artwork anywhere in your house. From the bathrooms to the living room, to any other room you want in your house. Since these are made from personal photographs they are one-of-a-kind pieces. No one else will have them. So the photo printing on canvas is a great deal. Also you don’t have to just buy them for you home either. These would also make great presents for birthdays or Christmas too. Grandma and Grandpa would love to have their grandchild’s photo done onto canvas for their Christmas present.

Selling Flower Photography – Tips for Taking Pictures That Sell Quickly

Flowers are a perfect subject to photograph. The depth and variety of colours, shapes and contrasts are all there for the budding photographer to capture forever. However, what flower or flower arrangement are you going to choose for your subject? Do you choose a single sunflower against a contrasting background or is your choice more towards an artfully arranged bouquet of country garden flowers? Rather than an artificial studio setting, you may feel that an early morning outside shot with dewy flowers would do justice to your work. Whatever you choose, there are few simple measures you can adopt to give you that WOW shot that is going to sell quickly.

Getting that perfect shot

Camera equipment

When it comes to camera equipment, I would recommend a DSLR camera so that you can use a wide angle lens for glorious floral landscapes, then change to a standard 50mm lens for really sharp shots, or being able to change to a macro lens which gives spectacularly close up photos. A tripod is necessary in a lot of instances when you photograph flowers, either because of wide aperture, low shutter speed shots or when shooting with a macro lens. A tripod also gives you time to compose your photo, and if you choose a tripod with splayed legs, you can shoot really close to ground level for different perspective shots. Adding a reflector can enhance those outdoor shots where a little more detail is required in the shadows. In the studio, using moderated lighting such as with soft boxes to provide a softer more diffused lighting as opposed to stark, direct flash light.

Camera settings

Set ISO to the lowest setting of 100 or 200 to reduce noise elements in your photo. Shoot in RAW as opposed to a JPEG format so that you have the maximum amount of picture information to work with. Set White Balance to auto or use a grey card to determine the correct white balance. Use small apertures to maximize depth of field, and use wide apertures to blur a background, allowing your image to really stand out.

Composition

Use the rule of thirds to produce a professional looking photograph, as opposed to having your subject in the centre of the photo which can make the result look boring. Use both horizontal and vertical formats when composing your shot. Tall plants look great in a vertical format while wide plants are more suited to a horizontal view. It’s worth noting that there are more vertical shots in magazines, so be prepared to use both formats. While not strictly a factor in composition, adding a few drops of water from a spray bottle gives that morning dew freshness look to your photo.

Focus

As in all forms of photography, sharp focus is the key to achieving great results. In macro photography of flowers, because the depth of field is so small, one or two millimeters can make all the difference as to whether your flower subject is completely in focus or only part of it. If outside, choose early morning, not only for the “golden hour” but also because there are fewer breezes at this time of day to spoil your ability to achieve pin point focus. If you want to avoid the possibility of wind movement spoiling your shot, then consider a studio shot where you can control the environment. I often choose manual focus with live view, using the zoom control to close right in on the detail and of course, with the camera on a tripod. With autofocus, there is a tendency for the camera to “hunt’ and you may have difficulty finding a focus point. I regularly use an adapter rail between the tripod and the camera where I can use two sliders to provide fine movement control in two planes. Sometimes an abstract quality can be produced by going in really close and focusing on say the stamens or the texture or pattern of the flower. With your camera mounted on a tripod you should then attach a cable release or use a remote shutter release. This enables you to fire the shutter without risking camera movement as a result of you pressing down on the shutter release button.

Angle of view

Some flowers are much more interesting from a different angle of view than the typical straight on view, because of their size, shape, colours and patterns. Whatever makes the shot more interesting will dictate at what angle to shoot from. Try shooting from below for a change.

Selling your photos to stock photo sites

Selling your photos involves a few factors that you need to take into consideration. First of all, research the stock photo sites to gauge what photo subjects are in demand and also what the rate of payment is per image downloaded.

Which Stock photo sites?

Here are some of the more popular stock photo agency sites for you to consider. Dreamstime pays out on average $1 per image, depending on the size of the image that is downloaded. You can also make an extra 10% if you choose to sell any images exclusively through Dreamstime. There is also the Shutterstock site which only pays out about 25 cents per download, but it does have a large member base. IStockphoto is also a very popular stock photo agency with a lot of website traffic. Submitting your image to BigStockPhoto can make between 50 cents to $3 per download. There are some conditions to be met with some of these agencies, so it is as well to be prepared.

Submitting images to these sites

Here are some tips you might find useful when submitting you images to stock photo web sites:

  1. Find out the scientific or Latin name of the flower, as well as its common name. Include the name in keywords to assist with searches. This helps if you want your images in magazines or books.
  2. Check out an agency’s list of image requirements. There is usually a link on their site.
  3. Stock photo agency sites want clean and simple images and no artwork, unless required.
  4. Shoot lots of images of different flowers. The more you submit to agencies, the more chance you have of making money. You can submit the same image to more than one agency because they have different customer bases and one agency may accept your image, while other agencies may not.
  5. Shoot images in as high a resolution as possible. Agencies are often looking for images as large as 5 – 10 Megapixels.
  6. Set your ISO to the lowest number when taking the image to avoid noise. Any noise in the photo will cause the agency to reject your photo.
  7. When taking your shot, allow some space around the subject so that agencies can add text if they wish.
  8. Don’t get put off by rejections. Often the agencies will provide you with a reason for the rejection, e.g. they have enough of this type of image.