Recently I was contacted by photographer Dianne Cottle of Catch/Compose Photography and today, I’m delighted to feature a selection of her lovely floral photographs together with a Q&A.
Could you tell us a bit about how you became interested in photography?
I’ve always enjoyed taking photos but it was after starting a 365 project, which involves taking a photo every day for a year, and joining a few photography groups that my interest in photography became more serious.
In one of the groups I joined we were given weekly assignments based on different themes. It was through taking photos for these assignments that I realised portrait, food and floral photography were the areas I wanted to focus on.
How did you learn your photography skills?
I’m self-taught so much of my learning has been through the process of going out and photographing different subjects and trying different styles.
Other sources of information that I’ve found helpful are online workshops, photography blogs and books.
One of the things I love about photography is that there is always something new to learn and I’m planning to attend more workshops this year.
What type of camera and lenses do you use?
I use a Nikon DSLR – my favourite lens is the 50mm f/1.4.
Could you tell us about any of your recent commissions where flowers have been a feature?
I’m working on a book project that features a few florists and I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph their work. It was wonderful to be surrounded by such gorgeous floral designs!
What are your tips for people taking photos of flowers?
Don’t be frightened of trying something new whether that’s experimenting with taking photos from an unusual angle, capturing the detail of a single petal or trying different colour combinations.
If you use a tripod, particularly when you’re taking photos close up, this can help increase the sharpness of your images by minimising camera shake.
Have confidence in your own style. It might be the way you compose your images, the type of lighting you choose or your style of post-processing all of which will help add your personality to an image.
Photograph flowers that you really love. You’ll enjoy the creative process much more and that will show in your images.
What are your plans for 2012?
To continue building up my portfolio, particularly my fine art work, and to publish my book project later this year.
What is your favourite flower?
There are so many beautiful flowers to choose from…that’s a difficult question to answer!
I love ranunculus flowers for their delicate beauty and phalaenopsis orchids for their crisp, elegant blooms.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Dianne’s images today, which I feel have a certain vintage feel. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with her news, you can follow her on Twitter.
(Images : Catch/Compose Design)