Flower Photography (two photographs)
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I was reading an article on photographing flowers and I almost stopped reading when it recommended finding the perfect flower in the garden. As I read on, it became clear that the article was meant to teach a select number of technical issues. Clearly we need to understand technique and our tools before finding our style. However, what is the art if every flower and background is perfect? Does everything need to be in focus? Does color matter? Is there an angle that makes the shape of the flower more interesting? What parts of the flower should be included? What lens do you use to capture what you see? All of these and more are both artistic and technical questions that are the foundation of a personal style or approach. I think the article stopped short and short-changed the reader in not explaining ways to make the final product theirs. Knowledge of grammar and spelling do not make you an author.