Mrs. Green in Flora Photography

Colors are very important in every aspect of photography and Flora is absolutely no exception! However, there is one color in Flora which seems to be overlooked, mostly because of its abundance. And that is Mrs. GREEN.

Green is not even a “real color”, it is the color between blue and yellow, so in fact – as you might remember from your school art classes – you can easily create it by combining yellow and blue ;-). By far the largest contributor to green in nature is chlorophyll, the chemical by which plants photosynthesize and convert sunlight into chemical energy. Many creatures have adapted to their green environments by taking on a green hue themselves as camouflage (hello frogs, hello crocodiles!)

So yes, the majority of Flora is in green thanks to chlorophyll. Leaves, stems, grass, trees – there is so much green, than we tend to focus on other, more rare colors in Flora and we are hunting for every other color BUT green. That’s why Flora is often associated with colorful flowers. But that is totally unfair to the green color, and the rest of Flora and it is also a missed opportunity because the green parts of Flora are so beautiful.

And that’s why we are always mesmerized by the work of our students, when they are sharing assignments in green. Green parts of Flora are the best to showcase elements of design, particularly lines and patterns. To showcase how green Flora images are stunning, we have put together some examples taken by our students in the recent PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes.


And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

This has been an eye-opening class.  Watching Patrik’s critiques has been invaluable, with his kind encouragement and clear guidance for improvement.  I hear his voice in my head sometimes now when I take photos now! I also learned a lot and gained inspiration from my classmates. I will probably take it again.
Mika Geiger

Thank you Monika and Patrik for a wonderful and inspiring class. With your encouragement I have been able to play and experiment and be creative with my flower photography. I truly appreciate the lessons and the excellent critiques.
Pam Corckran
Thank you, Monika and Patrik. Your style of teaching is so much fun and enjoyable. There are lots of things to learn but not enough time to do it! I wish you can change it to 6 weeks! Your video critiques are most helpful. I learned quite a few techniques from your suggestions by listening to your critiques from my classmate’s works.
Thank you for a great class Monika and Patrik. So many techniques it could easily be an 8 week course. I plan to continue working on many of the ideas you gave us.


PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins in June 5th, please join us here and learn how to photograph flora too (and not only in green color ;-).

We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas


Iva Ullrichova


Ann Fitzsimmons_Photographing-Flora-Green

Ann Fitzsimmons


Patricia Daley_Photographing-Flora-Green

Patricia Daley


William Basta_Photographing-Flora-Green

William Basta


Pam Corckran_Photographing-Flora-Green

Pam Corckran



Vlastimil Babický



Terrie H


Sharon Davidson_Photographing-Flora-Green

Sharon Davidson


Patricia Daley2_Photographing-Flora-Green

Patricia Daley



Mary J Beck

Dina Damon_Photographing-Flora-Green

Dina Damon

Creating Mood in your Images

Our best images are much more than simply good composition in good light.

Our best images are successful because they evoke an emotional response in our viewers; transporting them back to a place and time, allowing them to experience a moment in the same way we did as the photographer.  To truly succeed, our images need to resonate with the viewer in this way. 

The mood created by or within an image helps to set up the viewer’s response to an image, making them more receptive to the visual message you are trying to convey.

Let’s explore this idea a bit more in the following video.

-BPSOP Instructor – Mark English

Mark Teaches:

After the Click: Refining Your Vision in Lightroom & Camera Raw

The Art of Printing & Selling Your Art

Storyboards and stories

Creating a story

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.



The images you shoot can form a storyboard, which is a graphic organizer displaying images in a sequence.

You can think of the storyboard as a comic strip, collage, or even a composite image.

In film making the storyboard is used to pre-visualize a film’s story. Often images are sketched.

Below is an example to give you an idea of how a film storyboard might look to represent part of a scene.

Images: Tennessee Rick Elliott


Lifestyle photography

In lifestyle photography you create the story and eventual storyboard after the shoot because you are shooting spontaneously throughout an event.

So the trick in lifestyle photography is to shoot enough of the right kinds of images that can be put together to tell an interesting story.

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


Real life can look artistic

Experienced portrait photographer Tennessee Rick Elliott took part in the March Authentic Photo Stories class.

His lesson 2 assignment images (shown below with permission) are his answer to instructor Brit Hammer’s challenge to photograph hands (or feet).

Tennessee took her challenge onboard and went two steps further, reflecting his artistry. He shot low-key images and converted them to sepia in post.

His images convey both emotion and atmosphere.

Read below what he did to create each image.


Tennessee: “We set up a temporary workbench and a little work light. This shot was my establishing shot, including some of Jack’s wood gouges, the light, the piece he was working on, and naturally Jack. The lighting was provided only by the solitary work light.”



Tennessee: “This was my favorite shot of the three! If you would have told me last week that I would have enjoyed shooting hands, I’d have scoffed. I absolutely love this shot. It was still lit with only the solitary work light and I did push the contrast in post processing to give his hands a bit more weathered look. I always tend to like a sepia look and it just seemed to suit this shot so well that I did all three in sepia for a bit of consistency. I’m color-blind…and because of that, I seem to be naturally drawn to the sepia .”



Tennessee: “This third shot was taken away from the workbench and it was lit with a constant light in a small octabox placed just to camera left and feathered behind Jack. I tried to use the edge lighting to carve him out as he was examining the cutting edge of his gouge. I probably should have used a tripod for all these shots because it was shot in very low light, but I kept moving around to try different angles and heights so I just pushed the ISO and tried to hold the camera as steady as I could.”

Below is Tennessee’s narrative story shown as a 3-image composite.

See more of Tennessee’s work on his website.



Tennessee: “Brit really helped me to grow significantly as a photographer and as a person as well.”



Learn how to shoot your own compelling series of images in Authentic Photo Stories.




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

Flora in Monochromatic (Best of student’s work)

Monochromatic images are very powerful, so it is not a surprise that monochromatic flower images look even more amazing!

How to take monochromatic flora pictures? There are two simple ways:

1) get closer and fill your frame only with that one particular flower or its petals only

2) work on your background and use the color matching your flower. And by matching we mean the same color or a very similar tone/hue/shade of that color

Simple right? 😉

If you are not sure what monochromatic means – here’s a short recap. Monochromatic comes from the Greek word monos meaning one, and khroma meaning color.

Student’s pictures explain the monochromatic topic the best. We are inviting you to see som examples in the gallery below, how our dear students from previous PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA classes created beautiful monochromatic images.  Such images are really impressive!


And what do our students say about Photographing Flora class?

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

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 find that watching video critiques of everyone’s photos is so valuable. You explain things very well, Patrik! This is a fantastic class and I’m learning so much from everyone in it.
Mika Geiger 


PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA class begins in May 1st, please join us here and learn how to photograph flora (and monochromatic) shots too.


We are looking forward to meeting you in class!

Patrik and Monika Banas

Vangie Killalea


Jan Cafaro


Francine Sreca


Patricia Daley


Holly Middagh


Julie Hammond


Doreen Weekley


Holly Middagh


Judith Roberson


Maureen Rogers


Jay Salzman


Ann Fitzsimmons


Pam Corckran




Sunny Marker


Sarah Herman


Leann Stella



Lynn Riding


Debbie Lieske




Judith Roberson




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