~ About Philip Smith ~

Photography by Kerry Hendry

Photography by Kerry Hendry

Philip studied photography at Nottingham Trent University and Bournemouth and Poole College of Art, where he created a ground breaking exhibition of student photography along with fellow students including Nick Knight, Tony Chau and Stephen Champion.

On graduation he took up a post in London as creative director of a company pioneering the new media revolution of the 80s and 90s. After a successful career in developing educational software for schools and retail, Philip turned back to photography in 2000.

His photography has been published in many garden magazines and books and has served as a committee member of the Professional Garden Photographers’ Association.

Exhibitions he has been involved in include ‘New Views’ at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and ‘Private Places’  at the Geffrye Museum.

He founded ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ in 2006 and maintains his career in professional photography and workshops from his family home in East Devon.


~ Better Plant and Garden Photography ~

Book by Philip Smith

This is not a general technical manual – but rather a book specifically aimed at anyone interested in developing their photography with plants, flowers and gardens as the theme. It is about how to improve your ability to ‘see’ the right image. composition, how to find inspiration, colour and how to ‘look’ at a garden.

This book is aimed at keen photographers of any age or experience, who want to take their photography to the next level.

Drawing on contributions from some of the world’s top professional garden photographers, the book provides comprehensive guidance on how to develop your own photographic art and style. You will learn how to turn your interest in plants and gardens into inspirational and successful images.

Topics covered include:

  • How to get the best out of natural light
  • Choosing the right time to photograph
  • Making the best out of available locations
  • Suggestions for personal projects
  • The right equipment
  • Using colour and texture in your photography
  • How to look at your subject
  • Using composition techniques
  • How to process your photographs on the computer
  • How to progress to the next level