No need to worry about supposedly fresh flowers that die the next day. And I don't get concerned over flowers that drip water all over a carefully created backdrop or set.
When I set out to create some Still Life flower photography, most of the time, I use fake flowers.
When I purchase them, I make sure from the advertiser's photos (usually on Amazon) that they are robust and have a certain pizzazz about them. Meaning that they look interesting enough to photograph and will look even better and not so fake, after some fairly heavy post processing.
I generally use some artistic license to give the Still Life a painterly effect. Programs such as Photoshop together with Topaz Impression and/or Topaz Studio allows me to create the vibe I am after.
Photos such as 'A Three' and 'Cala Liliy Trip' are processed in a typical fashion, styling them to look more like paintings and giving the images an impressionist vibe.
Whereas 'Autumn Blue' or 'Fall Flowers', are more subtly crafted and more about the overall styling; incorporating specific props, and tones to convey a time of year or season. With these images you can see more of a strategic composition, where I placed elements in certain positions within the frame.
I like to think that I think out of the box sometimes and create a unique image such as, 'The Flowers in the Shadows', where I used a gridded strobe and shone it directly towards the fake flowers, which created shadows on the simple foam core backdrop in addition to lighting the flowers from below and using white cards to bounce the light back into the shadow areas.
'Cala Lily Trip' utilises a shallow depth of field and some weird shaped fabric flowers to create a surreal vibe.
'Still Beautiful' is an example where I did use real flowers. However they had decayed nicely so I thought I'd crank up the saturation in direct contrast to the earthy, muted colours of the dead petals. Hence 'Still Beautiful'.
When the days begin to cool, I will return to the studio and start some new Still Life photography projects.
There is nothing worse than working on a flower photograph in the heat, with hot lights, sweating and tripping over light stands because of heat exhaustion.