Creating Beautiful Flower Photos with Kathleen Clemons

Join Kathleen Clemons as she shares her tips on creating beautiful flower photography. She will be sharing her favorite Color Efex Pro Filters and tips for Viveza 2 that she uses to enhance her flower portraits.

Kathleen Clemons is a New England based professional photographer, living on the beautiful coast of Maine. She is known for her creative use of natural light and unique, stunning compositions. She has a passion for making photographs, and loves to teach others how to improve their photography skills. Her work is represented worldwide by Corbis, Getty, and several other agencies. She is a photography instructor at The Perfect Picture School of Photography, where she teaches four online classes. She has been named a “Lensbaby Guru” by the makers of Lensbaby lenses.


  1. Bruce Kraft on September 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I’m just back from a trip to the Southeast with a lot of flower shots, both garden varieties and wild flowers. I found this quite inspirational. Thanks!

  2. Brian Darnell on September 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you so much! This is the best Nik tutorial I have seen.

  3. Jillian Dennis on September 23, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I love capturing flowers, they have infinite patience, great vid, thank you, i really enjoyed it.

  4. TheIkaika777 on September 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Is she doing the brushes in NIK or photoshop? I’m confused. 🙁

  5. lori canton on September 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    this software is not available anymore

  6. Steve Hadfield on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Wonderful to watch, thank you.

  7. Jim Ruzicka on September 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    Love the mention of the LensBaby. Sadly this is out of my price range for ‘fun flowers pictures’. Video would be more helpful if it stressed things the average guy, on a limited budget, could do.

  8. InDesignME on September 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Thank you so much for this stunning lesson 🙂

  9. Nazareth434 on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Just one thought- sometimes it’s easier to apply the effect- soemthign like detail extractor, globally, take it into photoshop and brush out the background detail with a layer mask instead of brushuign in the effect in NIK- That way yuou don’t have to be as careful around the edges of flower- and will get a nice fade in to the flower petals if you use soft brush

  10. Alois Lemberger on September 23, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for the great video!

  11. Bego Sanchez on September 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    I see that you are editing jpeg images. What editing do you do in LR o CR previusly for basic adjustments?. Or are those jpegs straight from your camera?..Which color espace do you use in camera, RGB or sRGB?. Many thanks.

  12. ec lundburgh on September 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    after trying to follow Kathleen’s demonstration using Bridge, PS CS6 + Nik collection (just as she uses), discovered that the Brush tool in the Nik filters will not be available IF the images have been opened in PS as a SmartObject. Once flattened, the tools become available … oh so frustrating until this was discovered.

  13. Nicolaas Strik on September 23, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Thanks for the processing video. If you shoot digital RAW, you MUST process your images. I wish I liked Lensbaby. But the Velvet 56 just doesn’t create the images I want with my Fujifilm X-T2.

  14. Donna Melsness on September 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Amazing video!! I’m more inclined to agree with Richard Couchman’s method. I use the Sigma 18-35mm 1:1.8 DC art lens for my flower photos. It is a awesome lens !
    Thanks Kathleen if I had more than Photoshop Elements 14 I might be tempted to do more!!

  15. Jeffrey Donaldson on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    If I stand and align 20 55 garbage cans side by side. Can I call that art , also? Too much editing.

  16. Taylar patch on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    what is a lensbaby lens?

  17. Kathy Durr on September 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Can I add the Nik Collection and Vivesa 2 to Photoshop Elements 9?

  18. Camera Rover on September 23, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Whilst I appreciate Kathleen’s work, it is a pity that so much manipulation in software is being used here.
    I’m not a fan of over processing flower images.
    Ideally getting it right in camera is more satisfying, using natural light and a compositional eye, allowing the image to breathe.
    Much better just to use software only for simple contrast and warming.

  19. Mike Long - SLO, CA on September 23, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you, Kathleen, for this excellent presentation. I learned lots about technique, workflow, lenses, and Nik filters. Only one suggestion when you demonstrate technique using screenshots: enlarge your cursor so that we can more easily follow your many movements on the screen. Often I found myself needing to replay a section bc I missed what icon, slider, etc. you were using. Thanks again.

  20. Nazareth434 on September 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    The Georgia O’Keefe of Flower photography- it’s surprising just how little post processing is done- Gonna have to get me the soft focus lens I guess- using normal double glass  I can’t ge sharp centers with soft surroundings-

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