I don't know if anyone in our group has tackled the subject of reference photos.
In my opinion this is a tricky subject ... and an interesting subject.
I don't know photography and lighting.
I don't know composition.
I don't know colour theory.
I don't know image cropping.
And I don't know styling and propping.
I don't know a lot.
All I know is what I like.
In other words I rely on my intuition and personal preference.
My subject is pink peonies.
They only last about a week before the rain ends their moment of glory ... and I happened to capture them with camera last week ... I am afraid that they are now recorded for posterity.
The rains hit us last night.
I will share some of the photos with you so you can see what changes I have made as I adjusted the lighting and the perspective and propping.
Just to put this in perspective ... I worked with materials that I had at hand ... desk lights and trouble lights ... ladder to adjust position of lighting ... place mats ... vinyl table cloth ... my work bench ... well you get the picture.
Just make it work.
But I figure as artists we can compensate and make adjustments as we create our vision.
We don't necessarily recreate what we see ... we choose to create what we want.
I took something like 25 pictures in an hour and adjusted lighting and camera angle and subject matter.
It was quick.
I won't punish you with all photos ... I will give you a sampling with my observations.
I would be interested in your opinion ... I will add photographs to this thread that show you my progression.
I would like to know what you think ... what is the most effective composition in terms of lighting and perspective and colour and value.
My so called intuition may be prove to be misguided
As I have said before ... we learn from each other ... let me know what you think.
So here is Image 1.
In my opinion the lighting is too hot ... lighting is too bright ... we cannot see definition in the petals.
I think we need more drama ... more contrast with the background ... and more detail with the primary subject.
I will show you my adjustments with subsequent postings.
Thanks for looking