Stephanie Dolen Finds Much Love in Documenting Floral Patterns

“Seeing patterns in nature encourages me to create patterns of my own,” says San Francisco-based photographer Stephanie Dolen regarding the inspirations behind her unique floral project. She enjoys documenting many of them in a flat lay layout in various patterns. These photos are minimally retouched, if at all, and she considers them a form of portraiture in many ways.

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The Phoblographer’s Introduction to Better Fall Photography


Image by Felix Esser

Fall (or Autumn as many of you prefer to call it) is upon us here in the US. Not only does that mean pumpkins, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin ales, sweaters and real shoes but it also means that the leaves are changing colors. Instead of the bright color palette that we were used to over the summer, we’re now changing over to slightly darker colors. The leaves are no longer green as they change to yellow, orange and brown.

And the world becomes a plethora of colors. And while many guides focus on that, we’re not going to sit there and get all caught up in that. Instead, we’re actually going to try to teach you something.

Now that the season is upon us, here are some quick tips on photographing these short couple of weeks.

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7 Tips To Get Started On Your Fall Photography

Autumn is a time of change and glorious colors. It is a period where the temperatures cool and the days become shorter. It is always a brilliant time for photography. The fall lends itself to trying out new techniques and gear. It is a great time to be artistic. Autumn can accentuate the sensual richness of color in photography and having the right gear is key. The best part is, every year you can focus on something different. This year, most of my autumn photography is macro.

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Photography for the Third Season, Autumn

Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500) Aperture f/1.4 Focal Length 24 mm ISO Speed 500 Exposure Bias -1/3 EV

Here we are, in the fall—the interlude between summer and winter. It is a thrilling time for photography because now we have fall colors, leaves changing from green to red and yellow. Fall foliage is going to be and full swing soon and there is no time to waste.

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