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Feels Like -23

January has finally arrived in Minnesota. After a fairly mild winter, the freezing temperatures have roared in with a vengeance. So, what do you do when you're itching to take photos but aren't brave enough to step outside? I recommend flowers. There's nothing nicer to bring a bit of spring into the home than a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Of course, this may mean braving the cold and going down to your local grocer or florist to purchase a bouquet. Or, you could take a look at the photos you already have and try some new edits on them. Winter is a great time for honing your photo editing skills with the many teaching videos that are out there.

Before - Straight out of the camera

One of my favorite websites is 2 Lil' Owls. Denise Love is a photographer who mostly shoots photos in front of the window in her office – perfect for those of us having missed the Minnesota gene to go out and enjoy the bitter January cold. She shows you what you can do in a small space with a few props and flowers. She has a wonderful library (free) of short videos on working with textures on your photos, using masks, gradient maps, tints and hazes and a lot more. If you sign up for her newsletter you can receive her free ebooks. https://2lilowls.com/videos/


Another favorite is Kathleen Clemons. She is known for her fine art flower photographs. Last year she taught at the Madeline Island School of Arts. Most of her magic takes place in camera as she does very little post editing.

After - using several 2 Lil' Owls' textures

Check out her blog at

http://kathleenclemons.blogspot.com/


Here's a link to 15 indoor photograph tips:

https://medium.com/@fpresources/15-indoor-flower-photography-tips-8f537f4f3f93


For inspiration you might sign up for the Artistic Floral Photography Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/phlorography/?fref=nf


Still feel like you should give a nod to the winter weather? Here's a blog post on photographing frozen flowers:

https://digital-photography-school.com/photography-frozen-flowers/


Stay warm!



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