Let’s go BLUE!

We continue sharing the best work of our PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA students. Last time we were presenting green color, which is very common in the nature.

But today let’s have a look on much less common color in Flora world – and that is a color BLUE! Just for fun – try to close your eyes and think about all the blue flowers you know…

Done? What you got? Two, three? Iris? Hyacint? Well, if you would start exploring online, you might be surprised how many there are in blue.

Nevertheless, blue IS the rarest flower color, seen on only 10 percent of the 280,000 flowering plants on Earth. This has to do with the fact that there is no blue pigment in the plant kingdom and colors that appear to be blue are actually permutations of violet or purple.

And that’s why we are always so positively surprised by plethora of amazing assignments in blue color taken by our students in PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes – that’s why we would like to share them with you!


And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

I really like the way you teach.  I learn so much from your critiques and have watched all of them.  You are a great educators.  I am looking forward to the next class.
Leslie Hammond

Thanks Monika & Patrik. Great class! Learned quite a lot from your extensive workshop materials, and challenging assignments. My floral photography endeavors will continue to improve.
Jay Salzman

I enjoyed experimenting with all these techniques! Wonderful class! Thank you!
Anna Blatterman

I’ve enjoyed this class and cannot believe four weeks have gone by! Over the course of the month I’ve tried many of the techniques! Thank you so much. Focusing on flowers and photography has helped divert attention from world problems and the disruption of life.
Glenda G


PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins July 3rd, please join us here and learn how to photograph Flora too (and not only in blue color 😉 ).

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas

Disclaimer: We are big St. Louis Blues fans – so our love towards blue is biased 😉


Jana Jezkova


Heather Sugioka


Holly Middagh


Lynn Riding


Michaela Nesvadbova


Tomas Feller


K. Leslie Hammond


Mariel W


Darja Nezvalova


Darja Nezvalova





Creating breathing room

In Finding Beauty we approach creating quiet, minimalist images from several different directions.

One of the ways is by creating breathing room, which is not necessarily the same as negative space.

How do you create breathing room?

Finding a quiet image in a busy scene often means to choose one specific subject and to find a way to isolate it. Some of the ways of doing that are:

  1. Move around the subject until the background is clean.
  2. Frame tighter….but not too tightly.
  3. Change image orientation (or aspect ratio).
  4. Take a step back and zoom in.
  5. Use a shallow depth of field.

Examples of quiet images

Below are examples of quiet images from some of the students in the Finding Beauty class.

What ideas can you glean from these to apply to your own photography?


“Brit taught me to look for ways to distinguish and distill the qualities that define the beauty I see until what I am left with is a minimalist expression of that beauty. Great class!” — Dorothy Rosenbladt


“Brit urges students to make images mindfully, to strip away the non-essential to find beauty in detail and simplicity. She urges us to go further and find beauty lurking in another part of the image. Her critiques are delivered with care, kindness  and understanding of the level of skill of the student.” — Anne Forbes


“I had never given much thought to negative space or to finding pictures inside of a picture. My eyes are open to so many new ideas.”— Ann Kern




Finding Beauty

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **



Brit Hammer is an international award-winning photographer, bestselling author, and a celebrated artist whose work has aptly been called “fresh and optimistic”.

Her students love her “combination of extensive and well-organized photographic design principles…intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing [because the results are] unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth.”

Visit her website at brithammer.com

Follow her on Instagram

Simple Watermarking on the iPhone – Add Awesome Text to Your Photos in Seconds



Here’s a way to create a simple watermark on your iPhone!

Watermarking should be part of your work flow if you are posting images online, and here’s a really simple and creative way to add text and watermarks to your images using one of the apps I talk about in my iPhone Photography Class here on BPSOP. This app is called WordSwag and it’s available for not only the iPhone, but for Android as well.

Its simple interface allows you to create text, watermarks or add sayings and quotes to your images in seconds. You can also import a PNG file with an invisible background from Photoshop and use it on your Smart phone. I give you some tips in this video.

Your creativity will be unmatched!

Take a look at my video here and let me know what you think.


Learn how to Watermark with Wordswag from BPSOP on Vimeo.

Good luck watermarking and I’ll see you in the next iPhone Photography class!


BPSOP Instructor – Holly Higbee-Jansen

HollyHolly 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, 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 Expeditions.com.

Reach Holly by email at:  [email protected] and read her blog at: https://www.hollyjansenphotography.com

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.


Instagram – http://instagram.com/photographyexplorations 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HollyJansenPhotography/

What story will your images tell?

Start thinking about shooting in a series

In Authentic Photo Stories we capture real life and make it look beautiful.

We also create a series of images that together tell a story.

Images are shot on the fly, yet when put together they also tell a coherent story.


Lifestyle photography

Lifestyle photography is about creating natural, relaxed photos.

The trick to telling a story in a series is to shoot enough of the right kinds of images.

You might then show two or more images in a composited storyboard created in Adobe Spark or other software.

Lifestyle photography is where the technical aspects of photography intersect with narration skills.


Narrative storytelling

Narrative storytelling is a version of “this happened, then that happened, and this other thing happened next.”

You can think of this way of storytelling like a comic strip whereby each frame reveals a piece of information.

It is by putting together the frames that a story unfolds.

Below are examples of narrative stories created by students in the March class of Authentic Photo Stories.

Images: Beth Harris


Images: Don Boys


Images: Stephanie Weustink-Wright


Associative storytelling

In this way of storytelling the brain tries to create a story from different subjects or scenes.

The below examples were shot by a some students of the March class of Authentic Photo Stories.



Images: Beth Harris


Images: ShoB


Images: Bernard Bedard


Images: Don Boys

What stories will you tell with your images?

Join the next class of Authentic Photo Stories to find out!

This course takes you beyond just taking a snapshot of your day. Learn how to capture a slice of life in a beautiful series of images.

You might also learn that you already have several great photo stories in your image library that you missed seeing!

Use any camera, even your phone. No post processing is necessary.




Finding Beauty

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **



Brit Hammer is a photographer, author, and artist whose work has aptly been called fresh and optimistic.

Visit her website at brithammer.com

Follow her on Instagram

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