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July General Meeting: Paul Biederman, "Floral Photography"

  • 06 Jul 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online Zoom Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, July 6th, 7pm, for a presentation by our own CMPG member, Paul Biederman. Paul's presentations to our club have always been informative and his work, beautiful! No matter the type or genre of photography you enjoy, you'll take away something from Paul's talk. 


Up until the present “selfie” era, flowers were the most photographed subject.  As photographers we need to create images beyond the “snapshot’ with lasting impact. We need to create something that people (other than our family) want to put on their wall and pass by and admire daily. Our flowers never die but we do not want them to collect dust in an old shoebox, CD disk or SSD drive. 

What attracts us to flowers is a combination of physical and emotional factors. Their variation of colors, shapes and emotional meaning(s) - love, friendship, joy, beauty, death, etc. have a universal appeal that transcends all of humanity. 

We commonly see sunflowers, tulips and daisies either in a field, as a bunch, and individually; wildflowers in woodland settings; roses in a bowl; orchids in a corsage; Irises in a tall vase; etc. 

Normally we do not see flowers that have died, or right before blossoming. To be different we need to see flowers differently. In the act of blooming, when they have died or dried up, taken from the back or the side, when they are hosting insects or birds, when they are blowing in the wind or their seeds are in a flight, under the water or embedded in ice, and transilluminated. Many flowers have human forms and faces. 

In modern photography our cameras range from in-phone to very technical and costly devices. Many of the venues where there are beautiful collections of flowers are crowded and do not allow camera stabilizers (tripods/monopods) or artificial lighting (flash/continuous light) or holding flags. Those that do have restricted times are usually overcrowded with similar photographers further limiting time. How can we mitigate this to allow for the best possible outcome? 

In the short presentation I plan to show some “different” floral images and demonstrate some methods to overcome shooting issues.

A Zoom link will be emailed to all on our mailing list a few days before the event.  Email cmpguild@gmail.com, if you'd like to be sent a Guest Pass link!

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