Photographing Flora


Photographing Flora
online photography class 

Flowers are an ideal and rewarding subject for photographers. It’s understandable and there are many reasons for it: they are photogenic at the first sight, interesting, colorful, variable and you can find them pretty much everywhere. And what's more, flowers don't run or turn away and unless it is really windy, they cooperate during the shoot! Simply, flowers are models that enjoy to pose! Everybody (and with any camera in the hands) takes a photo of flowers or a leaf from time to time. It is simply irresistible. 


In this course, we will not only take pictures of flowers, but we will photograph flora in general and if you enjoy doing that, this course is just for you! You will learn how to use natural light to your best advantage, to create good light conditions for photographing flowers outdoor or indoor, understand the composition (including few composition rules and also when and how to break them!), how to use your current photo equipment to the maximum and how to work with the background (natural or home-made) or how to photograph contrast on white or black... and a lot of more! We will show you many interesting techniques and motivate you to photograph flora whether you are a beginner or an advanced photographer. Many tricks to make your shots stand out from the average are included too!

How it works:
Class materials/lessons
Course starts on Friday - your first lesson will be opened (and so on - four lessons in four weeks). Lesson materials are super valuable with great content - full of interesting theory and practical photo examples. 
Each week you will receive one fun and innovative lesson that you can download, four lessons in total. At the end of each lesson you will also find your enjoyable and challenging assignment 

You will have 10 days to complete your assignment (until next Sunday). After you have completed your work, you will upload your photos for feedback.

Valuable critiques
Your instructors are passionate about  flora and will offer extremely honest to the point critiques of your work - we’re all adults here and we’ll save the “sugar coating” for the dessert cookies. Feedback is a gift! You also have the ability to see the other students images and view their critiques from the instructor as well each week. 


Q&A Forum
This forum is available for all your photographic discussions. Here is where you can ask all questions and get answers! Here you can interact with our instructors and fellow photographers. Join our photo community and meet new friends!

Authors and instructors: Monika and Patrik Banas


What is also included:

  • 4 valuable lessons / class materials with tons of examples + 1 BONUS lesson

  • 8 photography assignments (2 per lesson) + honest feedback/critique of your images

  • experienced photo instructor(s)

  • access to closed Facebook group - Q&A forum

  • time flexibility - fully ONLINE class


Starting date: Friday, May 31, 2019

Duration: 4+1 week

Regular Price: 129 CHF

NOW >> Introduction price: 99 CHF

Payment via bank transfer or online in advance prior the course opening.

​Interested? Contact us for more info:     Any other question? Read our FAQ.


Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Let’s begin… (and beginning doesn’t have to be difficult ;-))

  • Let’s start – introduction

  • (Not only) Flora – Flowers, leaves, buds… But also drops, cobwebs and insects

  • Equipment – what’s in the bagpack

  • Lenses – all the magic

  • Macro lens and its alternatives – don’t let them trot out! (extension tubes, wide converter lenses)

  • Reflector and diffuser – irresistible couple

  • DIY Equipment for floral photography

  • Art of seeing

  • Assignment #1 

Lesson 2: Learn to look around you… differently

  • Everything about the background – what to disclose and what not to disclose

  • The busy background (no, thank you)

  • Isolation vs. Story-telling

  • Selecting the shutter and lens – and their influence on the final image

  • Depth of Field preview button

  • Focusing and composed focusing (oh no!)

  • Creative technique “Photographing through”

  • Creative technique “Open!”

  • Assignment #2

Lesson 3: Composition… and Light

  • The basic rules and when and how to brake them effectively

  • Working your object… and other points of view

  • Let there be light – direct light, back light, open shade

  • Colors, monochromatic pictures

  • More elements of design

  • Assignment #3

Lesson 4: Creative techniques for photographing flora

  • Date in the rain and even with Monet

  • Multi exposure is multiple fun

  • Light-painting

  • Frozen flowers, flowers behind the glass

  • Drops… and insects

  • On the white… even without a white background

  • Herbarium

  • Flowers as paintings

  • Assignment #4

Lesson 5: BONUS

  • Shooting with old lenses (the older the better)

  • Creating black background in the middle of the day (without a black background)

  • Photo projects (fighting laziness)

  • …. and so on ;-)

  • there is no assignment in the bonus lesson

Course Requirements:
- basic knowledge of photography triangle (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)

- camera + lens
- computer with internet connection

- Facebook profile


There will be other optional equipment that we will be exploring and talking about during the course that will show you many options for capturing great shots. For example tripod, external flash, diffuser, macro lens, extension tubes, zoom lenses... but it is really only recommended equipment and you are NOT required to buy it prior this course. Everything is optional and all equipment is introduced only to make you aware about its existence and how to maybe use it for your next flora adventures...

We are offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your course - please notify us within 7 days of your course start date (prior opening second lesson). We will refund your tuition in full, no questions asked.

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