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Y2W3- The Flower Exercise

This is week three's photography exercise for the Questioneers using a flower.


  1. Choose a flower to photograph. Look for one with interesting colors, patterns, or textures.

  2. Find a location with good natural lighting. The best time to take photos is in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky and the light is soft and warm.

  3. Look for interesting angles and perspectives. Try taking photos from different heights and angles, like shooting from above or getting down low to the ground.

  4. Experiment with different focal lengths. If you have a camera with a zoom lens, try zooming in and out to capture different details of the flower.

  5. Use the surroundings to create an interesting composition. Look for natural elements, like rocks or leaves, to use as a background or foreground to frame the flower.

  6. Take multiple photos, experimenting with different settings to see how they affect the final image. Try changing the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to see how they affect the depth of field, motion blur, and image noise.

  7. Once you've taken your photos, review them to choose your favorites. Think about which ones capture the essence of the flower and make it stand out.

  8. Share your photos with friends and family. You can print them out to display or share them on social media.


Let's say you've chosen a bright yellow daisy to photograph. You take it to a nearby park in the late afternoon, when the light is soft and warm.

You start by experimenting with different angles and perspectives. You take a close-up shot of the flower head, with the petals in sharp focus and the center blurred. You also take a shot from above, looking down at the flower and the grass surrounding it.

Next, you experiment with different focal lengths. You zoom in to capture the details of the petals and the center of the flower, and then zoom out to capture the whole flower in the context of its surroundings.

You also use the natural elements of the park to create an interesting composition. You find a rock nearby and place the flower on top of it, using the rock as a background to contrast with the bright yellow of the petals.

You take multiple photos, adjusting the settings to see how they affect the final image. You try a fast shutter speed to freeze any motion in the wind, and a slow shutter speed to capture motion blur.

Once you've taken your photos, you review them to choose your favorites. You choose one that captures the essence of the flower, with the yellow petals standing out against the dark background of the rock.

Finally, you share your photo with friends and family, either by printing it out to display or by sharing it on social media.


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