Making Flower Photos

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Planning

Fortune favors the prepared mind! I repeat this mantra often when I give photography workshops, in my books, and—most of all—when I go out to photograph.

“Okay,” you may say, “Obviously there are some photographic ventures that rely on a great deal of planning. But what’s to plan when I go out into a garden to photograph flowers?”

This is a good question, because one of the joys of flower photography is that it can be done anywhere there are flowers—which is almost everywhere. Flower photography doesn’t require coordination with other people, and is an area of photography in which improvisation really comes to the ...

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