CREATIVE FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY – Spotlighting Flowers In Lightroom

Using Lightroom for processing purposes, Ray Scott shows you how to place spotlights on flowers to create unique and dramatic looking photos. This is a real opportunity to show photos that really have a different look.You can arrive at similar results using other software like Photoshop but using the radial filter in the latest version of this processing giant really helped make the job easy.

When in studio or in the field Ray uses Canon gear. This is a choice he made years ago knowing that he was buying into a system that he could grow into. His go to camera is the Canon EOS 6D with the second camera being a Canon 5D. Lenses used are all L series f/4 except for the 100mm macro f/2.8L lens. They are the 16-35mm f/4L wide angle, 24-105mm f/4 walk around and the 70-200mm f/4L medium telephoto. These lenses round out the kit which is carried about with either a Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 messenger bag for city shooting or a Lowepro Sling Bag for landscape field work. While Ray does more camera handholding than before due to the image stabilization capabilities of his various lenses, he still is a believer in using his Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod. It’s light and it is sturdy. In studio Ray now uses Westcott constant lighting for good clean balanced lighting.

Ray is a firm believer in exposing himself to as much photography and its history as possible. By looking at other people’s photos, he has gained a big appreciation of what this medium has to offer. Ray doesn’t think that “copying” someone else’s style is a good thing but rather feels that exposing oneself to others work can work as a teaching and inspirational tool. With this in mind, Ray has amassed a list of favorite photographers that he uses for inspiration. Some of these artistic photographers are Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Freeman Patterson, William Neill and Richard Avedon.

One of the playlists on this channel is called “neighbourhood photographer” which covers tutorials shot in urban and suburban areas. It’s always a challenge to see different things of interest when you’ve been to an area many times yet this is the best way to create good images. You need to return to familiar locations many times. To do so, Ray often drives by car to an area but when he really wants to cover ground yet see things more clearly, he uses his bicycle…bike…and explores the given place.

Whether shooting landscape, macro, portrait or abstract images, Ray always tries to be aware of his surroundings to capture the best pictures possible. Part of this workflow means he is very aware of composition and uses various tips, such as the rule of thirds, as a good starting point in composing. He also likes to break rules from time to time to add new effects to his photos. Being aware of angles, shadows, shapes, lines, textures, patterns and colours goes a long way to making good pictures. He is also a big believer in “getting out there” and shooting as much as possible as it is the only way to improve and flex one’s imagination. His message is it doesn’t matter if you do your photography in the city, suburbs country, mountains or by the sea, just make sure you do it and follow your artistic passion.

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  1. Robyn Garrett on September 23, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I tried this technique and I love it.
    Thankyou so much for the easy to do tutorial.

  2. mh76 on September 23, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Great video :). No mistakes, just happy accidents ;). Only thing I’m missing in your videos is to see you beat the devil ;). You are definitivtly like Bob Ross. I like your soft voice.

  3. Susan Coulthart on September 23, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    This is amazing. I am going to have fun doing this, I tried it with a picture of my Grandkids. Worked great. Thanks so much.

  4. cornered on September 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Just found this channel. You have a really great voice.

  5. Bob Nelson on September 23, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    WOW, love this!

  6. Mirra Alwin on September 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    thank you.. no I know how to edit flower photos with LR .. so cool…

  7. Okiepita50 T-town on September 23, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    That big red arrow is very helpful for following what you are doing. I wish more people used that technique. Great tutorial btw.

  8. Edward Videos on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Great and simple

  9. Maurice de Ruiter on September 23, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Nice creative tips, thank you. subscrbed..

  10. Game-Changer on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks very much for your video. Lots of great ideas and information.

  11. Suz / on September 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Ray love the video, I’m so excited that I am getting back into photography. Sold my DSLR some years ago but kept my 10-20 and 18-270 lenses. I have recently bought the new 2000d which is much more of an upgrade than my old 400d lol. I stayed with Canon as this is the camera I have always used. At the time I bought lightroom but cannot find it so I will need to purchase it again. Can anyone advise me as to where I could buy it at a good price please. I have also been told that the 50mm nifty fifty lense is great for everything. Is this true ?? or will I be waisting my money on this purchase. I have ‘liked’ and subscribed’ to your videos Ray so I am look forward to many more of your tutorials.

  12. Ralf Tenbrink on September 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Wow, unbelievable. Such a great video. Thank for sharing.

  13. nadzira nka on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    So creative!

  14. cheryl barber on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Great video!! I have one question where did you find flowers with the blue center? Or what kind of flowers did you use thank you

  15. JA_NPH on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Beautiful work, just Sub’d. Can you tell me, taking images of the flowers, were you at ISO100 ? just curious.

  16. Jules Sanchez on September 23, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Ray, for sharing this awesome video ! You’re a very smart person ! I shared your site with 2 people today, my daughter and a good friend.

  17. Paul Jones on September 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Great. Very informative. Very. Plus, you proceed slowly enough for viewers to grasp the technical moves in Lightroom.

  18. David Vincent on September 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Fantastic tutorial. Thanks Ray.

  19. MrBikerjonthe1 on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    WOW ! That was cool. I’m going out now to try it on some gerber daisies that I have out back. You made my day. Thank you.

  20. Atrista Vig on September 23, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Right click and copy will double the radial filter much perfecter than a second created circle. Greetings from germany

  21. Redmoon Zomaya on September 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you for this information , you are number 1

  22. Rose C on September 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Ray I am so glad I found this video. I absolutely love flowers but you take it to the next level for me. Your creativity has inspired me to try different things by looking at things differently. Thank you very much!!

  23. HB.S.S. Hair Body Soul & Spirit - My Story on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I realize it’s all about knowing the tools in PS and being creative with them.

  24. Theo on September 23, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Am I the only one who reminds this guy of Bob Ross?

  25. Mark Sevigny on September 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm


  26. Larry Rose on September 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    This is the first time that I watched one of his videos. What a great presentation, your voice is very coming and very easy to understand. I’m not a Photoshop / Lightroom user but I believe I can incorporate your ideas into the editing programs that I use. Thank you for this video, I have subscribed and will be watching your other videos.

  27. Jammie Perez on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Ray! Can i do this with lightroom mobile? which tool should i use?

  28. Mark Ferrell on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Ray you are the Bob Ross of the post editing world

  29. Adrian J Nyaoi on September 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I always use this trick for flowers, and by the way, instead of making another filter you can also duplicate existing one by right-clicking the mouse and then dragging it to the spot that needs the highlight

  30. ARbull on September 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    thats quite impressive. Something to look forward to doing

  31. GENO on September 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I intend to try this technique on some of my recent flower shots. The way you teach your tutorials reminds me of Bob Ross who was a painter with a show on television years ago. He stressed "Make it your own" during his tutorials and gave many different variations on painting and technique. I appreciate your ideas and I can see where you have helped many with your informative tutorials. Have a great day sir.

  32. Goran Pavletic on September 23, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Briliant video tutorial !

  33. Martin Wedge on September 23, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    GREAT. Thanks for sharing. M

  34. Ryan Sponheim on September 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Cool technique. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Sinegav on September 23, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Gotta say, those flowers are gorgeous. Just wanna add that if you darken the whole image, add your spot light effect to one flower, but invert it so only the inside is lighter, you can right click and copy it to make all your other flowers or subject the exact same brightness faster. But remember, it’s doesn’t have to be the same, you can use the light to guide your eyes across the photo.

  36. PG Tips on September 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    You can right click and duplicate radial filter, its easier.

  37. Sissy Rn on September 23, 2019 at 10:02 pm


  38. 073Mariana on September 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I’m sorry. Surfing this video this guy reminds me of bob ross a little bit

  39. Rik Hendriks on September 23, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    I didn’t know that Bob Ross changed profession from panting to photography

  40. Divi Photos on September 23, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Cool video

  41. Shirley Prothero on September 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Love this, thank you for the share 🙂

  42. Mark Thompson on September 23, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed your videos, Ray. This one, however, is my favorite. I’ve already started digging through the "archives" to upgrade some of my flower photos. Thanks!!

  43. Uno Engborg on September 23, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I guess you could do similar in camera with some flashes with narrow snoots or even fiber optics leading the light to the right places

  44. Anthony Hazlewood on September 23, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, I will have to try that… Thanks…

  45. E83 G on September 23, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Love this tutorial! I’m going to give this ago for sure 🙂

  46. Your Sock Puppet on September 23, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    👍👍 Great idea. I really like your style. You are very enjoyable like listening to a nice smooth jazz album. Thank you for teaching creative photography.

  47. Ata Lipsos on September 23, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you!

  48. Niven A. Nolte on September 23, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you.

  49. Freda Leonard on September 23, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    You got me with Hello. Your voice and style are artful

  50. cii1072 on September 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I look for and enjoy viewing
    your videos.

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