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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

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Ann Fitzsimmons

 

Pam Corckran

 

Larry

 

Sunny Marker

 

Sarah Herman

 

Leann Stella

 

 

Lynn Riding

 

Debbie Lieske

 

Charlie

 

Judith Roberson

 

 

 

Best of Photographing Flora – our student’s work

Our February’s PHOTOGRAPHING FLORA course at BPSOP just finished and it was again a fantastic time spent with our students! We have to admit, that being in the company of photographers and flora enthusiasts is a wonderful combination!

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 April, 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


 

Jacqui Nye

 

Karen Partridge

 

Judith Roberson

 

Cathy Sundermann

 

Karen Partridge

 

David Candler

 

Jacqui Nye

 

Mary Jo Beck

 

Karen Partridge

 

Cathy Sundermann

 

David Candler

 

Judith Roberson

 

Mary Jo Beck

 

Just enjoyed another one of your critiques. Thank you for an excellent course. This was my first experience with BPSOP so I was curious to see how things went. I will definitely consider another course. As for flora photography, I have always been an outside in the garden or on hiking trails kind of flora shooter. Your class has stretched my creative approach to nature. I still love the “capture” of things growing – akin to flora portrait work I guess – but, you have inspired me to try new things which I will continue to do. Thank you very much.
Mary Jo Beck

 

Many thanks to Monika and Patrik for an excellent course. It has been most enjoyable and I have learned a lot. I hope some time you do a followup course.
Maureen

 

Thanks Patrik and Monika, I too 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 Gilmore

 

 

Best of Photographing Flora – student’s work [part 2.]

We have more images! Part 2

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


 

Maureen Rogers

 

Virginia Winblad

 

Sunny Marker

 

Sabeen Mapara

 

Stanley Auspitz

 

Sarah Herman

 

Sarah Herman

 

Sabeen Mapara

 

Ruthie Kelly

Rene Little

 

Maurizio Zanchi

 

Leann Stella

 

Leann Stella

 

Ken Hastings

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.

Emil

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.
Emil

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

 

Monika Teaches:

Creative Portrait

Photographing Flora

 


 

 

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  • I would like to thank you Monika and Patrik for your great comments and great class lessons. I have gotten a lot of new ideas for shooting flora to try out. And your comments have helped me look at my images a little closer before I press the shutter button. I'm happy I took this class!! Read More
    Sunny Marker Photographing Flora
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