Best of Photographing Flora – student’s work [part 1.]

Our first PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course at BPSOP just finished and it was a blast! We have enjoyed creative work of our students so much, that it would be a shame not to share their fantastic pictures with the rest of the world. As image speaks for the thousands words, we will let you enjoy their work and their feedback below.

We are opening next PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course in November, please join us here and learn how to take creative shots of flora too.


We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas

Alyda Gilmore

John Klingel


Ann Fitzsimmons


Benita Clarke

Thank you so much for such a fun course!  I really had fun and learned a lot.
Benita C.

Beverly Burke

I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the opportunity to try new creative techniques and experimenting with flora photography. I know that I will continue to use many of the new techniques presented in this class.  I feel the instructor’s critiques were very thorough and thoughtful.
Beverly B.

Carole de Beer

Dawn Schmitt

Debbie Lieske

Dina Damon

Doreen Mank


Francine Sreca

Thank you both so much. I learned a lot from you and really enjoyed the class. I still have many techniques to try and you’ve given me a lot to think about. I’ve certainly learned that flora photography is not as easy as many people might think. I thank you for your honest feedback. It has helped me grow as a photographer.
Francine S.

Jacques Wood

Jan Cafaro


Karl Gilmore

Thanks Patrik and Monika, I really enjoyed the class. I have taken other BPSOP classes, and admit that I was most nervous about taking this class. I learned a lot and it helped build up my confidence when taking flora pictures. Unfortunately, I’m thinking that, over the next few weeks, our house will no longer resemble a plant nursery like it has over the last four weeks 😉
Karl G.


Kudos to Patrik & Monika for this flower course. I have been taking flower photos for around 5 yrs, and was in a rut, this course gave me so many new ideas to tryout.I can’t wait to try some of the other ideas in this course. Thanks a million for your wonderful ideas for flower photography.

Lightroom Tip to Help Your Editing

There are many hidden features in Lightroom that will help simplify your work flow and some of them are not easy to find. Here is a tip that can help you with your Lightroom editing.


The Spot Removal Tool

Are you interested in how to easily get rid of dust and scratches in Lightroom? Many digital cameras these days are magnets for dust on the lens or on the sensor. This is just something we have to deal with these days especially if you are shooting in any sort of inclement weather conditions. On our recent photo workshop to Iceland, I encountered a fair amount of dust and water spots on several images. Here is an easy way to identify and remove those marks in post processing.

On the selective editing bar in the develop module, there is the spot removal tool. You can either click on it, or use the letter Q to activate it from the Develop module. This is truly a spot removal tool, anything more, you would need to go to Photoshop and use the content aware feature to make any dramatic changes to your images. But to remove dust, hair or sensor dust, this tool does the trick.

Before Applying the Spot Removal Tool

There are some obvious spots on the image above, but if you want to get a closer view, you can active the visualize spots tool. To view any dust, dirt or hair on your image, first activate the spot removal tool and click on “Visualize spots” that shows below the center image in the Develop module. There, the image will now turn black and white. You can adjust the strength of this feature by pushing the slider back and forth. If you push the slider to the left, it will reduce the number of visible imperfections you are able to see, and if you push the slider to the right, it will increase that number of visible imperfections.

For this type of editing with the spot removal tool, I will normally set the feathering to 0 and the opacity to 100%. Adjust the spot removal brush to the size of the spot and click on it. If the spot removal doesn’t disappear or has an obvious outline, then increase the feathering until the adjustment has a softer edge and it not noticeable. Undo your last adjustment, and do it again with the new settings.

As mentioned above, this tool is really only effective for small spots and scratches. Any larger area would need to go into Photoshop for further work with content aware.

This tool can take a little bit of practice to get it right, but used correctly, it can be a time saver for these types of digital imperfections.

If you want to learn more about this amazing program for editing and organization, try my Lightroom Quickstart class. Please head on over to the class page here.

Hope to see you in the next class!


BPSOP Instructor – Holly Higbee-Jansen


Holly Higbee-Jansen is photographer, trainer, blogger, and workshop leader who enjoys teaching and the creative process. Her passions include teaching photography workshops in beautiful locations in California, Iceland, Costa Rica and the American West with her husband Mark. Holly also teaches online classes on Lightroom, Photoshop, and photographic technique. Get Holly’s Free E-Book on “Landscape Photography and the Light and find out about her newest workshops at Jansen Photo

Reach Holly by email at and read her blog at

Holly Teaches:

iPhone Photography

In this class, we will introduce you to the magic of iPhone photography using several shooting and editing apps that will give you the ability to make your pictures sing in a fun and easy way.You will learn how to crop, change saturation, brightness and affect the overall look of your pictures with HDR, drama and grunge filters and other techniques. You will be amazed at the simple and effective methods.





Lightroom Quickstart


Do you want to learn to create images that show the beauty of the scene you saw when you took the photograph? Do you want to learn the other essential side of digital photography, photo editing and get up to speed quickly?

This course is designed to get you up and running FAST in this incredibly powerful program. In this two week information packed class, you will learn how to import, organize and perform simple and effective editing processes that will let you produce beautiful adjustments to your pictures.



For a complete list of Holly’s current workshops go to:

Jansen Photo Expeditions –

Holly’s Blog:

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Behind the scenes of creative portraits – shooting through the glass!

Light (and other) reflections in glass offer an interesting portrait opportunity and I really love this technique for creative portraits – it is very simple yet powerful and a lot of fun too! Opportunities to try it are literally everywhere – you can use a window or a glass door in your house, a car window or shop window – you name it! Just think outside the box and you will for sure come with some great images. This is one of my absolutely favorite techniques… that’s why so many examples (with “Behind the scenes” images too) follow… and you will find much more in the course materials. And of course, there are even more tips and tricks waiting for you – 4 valuable lessons + 1 bonus (330 pages, 150+ images, 10+ videos & 4 “Behind the scenes” PDF files), 8 photography assignments (2 per lesson) + honest feedback of your images – join me, our CREATIVE PORTRAIT course starts Friday, October 4th!

creative portrait

NIKON D810, Nikkor 50 mm, f/1.4, 1/640s, +0.33, ISO 200

Beautiful Luciana from Brazil, in the window of a tea-room furnished in rosy pink and pastel blue colors – it was quite cold in this winter garden, so she wrapped herself in a blanket that was provided there for customers to use. I was standing outside, next to a palm tree – that’s why you can see the long green blurred leaves. I intentionally included the lettering “Love” into the photo – simply because I liked it. Overcast and grey day.



NIKON D810, Nikkor 50mm, f/2.8, 1/2500s, -0.33, ISO 400

When I was looking for a location, I came across this shop window decorated with coffee cups hanging on strings (which was, between us, a really strange decoration in a smoky bar). Photographing here wasn’t at all easy as it was in the middle of the day and there was too much of the clear sky reflected in the window. Finally I found an angle that worked and this is the resulting shot. Always look for unique places to photograph for your portraits.



NIKON D810, Nikkor 50mm, f/1.6, 1/320s, +0.67, ISO 1000

This photo was taken in a shoe store and my wonderful model pretends to be a “mannequin” . She is looking through the shop window right at me – and just to make it clear, yes, she is alive 😉



NIKON D810, Nikkor 85 mm, f/2.5, 1/500s, +0.33, ISO 250

We were just walking around with my model when we spotted this tram and we really did improvise here – with the permission of the driver, we did a few shots inside and outside during the driver’s few minutes break.



NIKON D810, Nikkor 85 mm, f/1.4, 1/2000s, ISO 250

We went into a small clothes shop and asked whether it would be OK to photograph there – they had no problem with it so we used this opportunity. If you find a really nice place, don’t be shy to ask if you could photograph there! I used to be shy too, but the worst that can happen to you is to get “no” for an answer. But more often than not you will end up with some great images from an unusual place!

Creative Portrait course starts on October 4th and you can sign up here!



Monika Teaches:

Creative Portrait

Photographing Flora




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