CREATIVE FLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS – Using Shallow Depth Of Field

In this photography tutorial Ray Scott uses a wide aperture to create large areas that are out of focus. The effect can be beautiful. The areas not in focus can be used to frame a flower or one can even shoot through flowers in the foreground to create an ethereal feel. In fact, at times, it almost seems like you are in the garden for a “bugs eye” view. Using a shallow DOF can bring out the delicate quality that most flowers possess thus highlighting one of the greatest qualities that floral …flowers have. This is a photography tutorial for beginners and a photography tutorial for advanced photographers since the goal is really to get the shutterbug thinking in different ways…something that we all need to do no matter the skill level or number of years behind the camera. Creative photography ideas…for the photographer who loves to experiment.

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 50mm macro with extender. 16-35mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L, and 70-200mm f/4L 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.

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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30 Comments

  1. zena robinson on September 23, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    beautiful photos & an excellent tutorial! many thanks!

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

    Interesting angle on flower photography Ray, a couple of great shot in the video. As a gardener and wed to a ‘garden guru’ I shoot a lot of this type of photography. Cheers!

  3. Jofer Alvez on September 23, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    You always amaze me Ray. Very well explained, very eloquent speaker. Easy to follow

  4. Indy500Fan on September 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorials. I’m getting back into photography and your videos are inspiring.

  5. Yitzchal Levi on September 23, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Great job Ray!

  6. Peter Bunker on September 23, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Just subscribed – great videos.

  7. Straight on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Great tips there Ray thank you.

  8. ARTYgracja on September 23, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    I like your channel and surelly will come back often. You have knowledge and you are nice person. Congratulations. I am also a fan of flower photography and have a website.

  9. Jerry Frost on September 23, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Ray, can you give me the link to the folding chair you demonstrated in this video? Just what I need. Thanks!

  10. Tam on September 23, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Just discovered your channel … and subscribed immediately ! Many thanks for your advices and inspirational tips 🙂

  11. yujin landscape photography. on September 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    Great tips, sir. I need more subscribers. Thank you, for your sharing.

  12. Trinh in the Garden on September 23, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I love your tutorials. Thank you so much!

  13. yujin landscape photography. on September 23, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Nice tutorial! 👌Thank! sir.

  14. Ville Mononen on September 23, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Very good video, thank you! Been shooting with mirrorless cameras for a year now and still playing around to find my style. Spring is about to bloom soon, oh it’s wonderful to start capturing nature as it comes alive again! What i notice though, is that often i like to frame my shots with foreground (and background) objects. Additionally using manual lenses makes the process even more thoughtful, well, it’s lovely to handle ye old manual lenses anyways. This spring / summer i will out-do myself, i will rise to the next level. Thanks for the lovely pictures and tips, have a fantastic day!

  15. Duncan Gibson on September 23, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Easy to listen to and understandable video   I’ll be back

  16. Adrian J Nyaoi on September 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Good tips; will try this out soon.

  17. Girish Kale on September 23, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Hello Ray, your videos are inspiring. It has given me a different perspective on how to present a flower. Focusing techniques, where to focus and focussing manually has helped me. Thanks a lot for sharing knowledge and building a community.
    Best Regards,
    Girish

  18. Sudique1 on September 23, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks for the clear and easy explanation.  Also, I like how you worked the out-of-focus flowers into your photo.  Can you tell me the brand of the folding chair?  I’m one of the people who wrote before about having difficulty getting on the ground.  Great video.

  19. Jörg Bauer on September 23, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Again an intetesting Video, each of these gives inspirations. Continue in this way 👍

  20. Alan Addison on September 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Good tips I like flower photography and with your tips hope to get better at it Thanks lets see more

  21. abeer sabri on September 23, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    thank you for this video. I’ve been trying to use my 18-55 lens but now I learned to use the 70-300 mm lens for this type of pictures!

  22. Padraic Reid on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Fantastic, informative videos with an excellent easy to understand delivery. One of the best that I have encountered. I love the folding chair. I have no difficulty getting down low but I do have difficulty getting back up. Well done Ray!

  23. EASY G1NG3R on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Ali a

  24. Susan Simpson on September 23, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Very easy to listen to…clearly explained. Nature photography is my passion and I love all the tips!

  25. Mark Harris on September 23, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    I have some quite profound upper body nerve damage which means I cannot walk far and have very limited upper body movement and very poor breathing. I also have problems sitting because damage done to my liver and bladder through very high levels of medication. If I have to get low I roll off my mobility scooter (buggy) then crawl back on to it to get back up. Although this works well for me getting down and up it has been known for people to rush to my aid. I also have a pair of very high waders so I can get in and out of rivers and streams on my knees as I cannot bend down to get my shots otherwise. Photography is brilliant for those with disabilities or difficulties as it’s a great leveller and when you look at the result you have no idea how abled or not the photographer is.

  26. Anatoly Abakumov on September 23, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Wonderful! And very inspitational. Thank you so much for your lesson, Ray. And not only for this particular one, but for all of your splendid materials. I am your devoted listener and viewer.

  27. cookiebisquit on September 23, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    You definitely need more subscribers, great content!

  28. yoon alive on September 23, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Nice tutorials. DO I need to get a VR,VC,OS lenses?

  29. PilotForHire on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    what camera kind do you recommend? dsr or Point and shoot?

  30. Camera Rover on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Nicely explained. Easy narrative to listen to. Garden photography is a favourite of mine

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