2017

February 10th

The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex.

Snowdrops in Focus

A chance to get out in the fresh air of early spring and photograph the wonderful show of colour in the garden.  Philip will take you on a photographic tour of the snowdrops, sharing his ideas, tips and techniques with the group. The emphasis will be on creating artistic compositions and how to make best use of your camera.  You will then have an opportunity to work on your own images to include any aspect of the winter garden under Philip’s expert one to one guidance.

Following the outdoor work we will enjoy a warming lunch in the garden restaurant.  In the afternoon we will be indoors, where Philip will discuss principles behindphotographing closeup flower and abstract subjects , as well as key concepts such as controlling light, composition, the ‘language’ of lenses, and how to balance exposure. The talk will include a demonstration of indoor flower photography in a home or studio setting.

For bookings phone 01206 822007


March 24th

The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex.

Getting Closer

Macro photography provides a fascinating insight into the world of plants. The focus of the workshop is spring bulbs in the garden. Philip will start the day with an introductory talk on photographingcloseupplants, sharing tips and techniques to help you improve your images, including lighting, composition and exposure. You will discover how to get the best out of your camera and what are the best equipment options for macro camera work. Following the talk you will have an opportunity to explore the garden making your own images with one to one help and support with Philip’s expert guidance as needed.

For bookings phone 01206 822007


April 22nd

Royal Photographic Society, Bath

Learning from History – photographing plants and gardens

As founder and judge of International Garden Photographer of the Year Philip has viewed and appraised over 200,000 images of plants and gardens over a ten year period. This workshop will be of interest to anyone interested in a deeper and richer photographic engagement with plants and gardens.  Using examples from art and photography history, Philip will consider how today’s photographers can gain vital insights into their own work and be inspired by artists of the past to take their work to a new level of awareness.


May 7th

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Better Plant and Garden Photography

The workshop welcomes photographers of all levels and no specific level of expertise or previous experience is expected. The aim of the course is to provide you with a set of skills and techniques that you can use to improve your photography of plants and gardens no matter what type of equipment you use. You don’t need the latest expensive cameras – all levels are welcome.

There will be an emphasis on training the eye to see photographic opportunities, as well as ideas and techniques to enable you to make the most of the locations. The course will be a mix of lecture, practical work, and group discussion.

The lecture will consist of a talk by Philip Smith accompanied by images of his and other photographers’ work to illustrate key points. The aim is to give you a sound basis for developing your techniques later in the day. Topics covered will include macro, composition, depth of field, focus, priority modes, control of light, and light and colour. An overview of digital processing will also be given.

The practical work will involve the splendid location we visit. You will pursue your own subjects and interest, in addition to undertaking projects suggested by Philip. There will be ample opportunities for one to one discussions with Philip about any aspect of your photography.

You should bring your camera - full battery please - and a storage card (any format). If you have a DSLR or compact system camera with interchangeable lenses you will get more out of the day than if you use a simple compact camera. Books will be on sale for cash only.

Contact Chelsea Physic Garden to book


May 11th

Stockton Bury, Gardens, Herefordshire

Better Plant and Garden Photography

The workshop welcomes photographers of all levels and no specific level of expertise or previous experience is expected. The aim of the course is to provide you with a set of skills and techniques that you can use to improve your photography of plants and gardens no matter what type of equipment you use. You don’t need the latest expensive cameras – all levels are welcome.

There will be an emphasis on training the eye to see photographic opportunities, as well as ideas and techniques to enable you to make the most of the locations. The course will be a mix of lecture, practical work, and group discussion.

The lecture will consist of a talk by Philip Smith accompanied by images of his and other photographers’ work to illustrate key points. The aim is to give you a sound basis for developing your techniques later in the day. Topics covered will include macro, composition, depth of field, focus, priority modes, control of light, and light and colour. An overview of digital processing will also be given.

The practical work will involve the splendid location we visit. You will pursue your own subjects and interest, in addition to undertaking projects suggested by Philip. There will be ample opportunities for one to one discussions with Philip about any aspect of your photography.

You should bring your camera - full battery please - and a storage card (any format). If you have a DSLR or compact system camera with interchangeable lenses you will get more out of the day than if you use a simple compact camera. Books will be on sale for cash only.

Click here to book online


June 24th,

Overbecks, Salcombe, Devon

Better Plant and Garden Photography

Overbecks is a jewel of a National Trust  garden overlooking the estuary and coast. with palm trees, banana plants, citrus and olive trees, a wonderful place to enjoy photography.  This workshop will help you to feel that elusive essence of a garden in your photography.  Philip will start the day with an introductory talk. Topics covered will include composition, light, the ‘language of lenses’, metering and exposure, preparation and planning. We will also touch on post capture processing.

In the afternoon you will be free to explore the garden making your own images with one to one help and support with Philip’s expert guidance as needed.

For bookings phone 01548842893


 

July 1st,

The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex. 

Midsummer Highlights

A garden in midsummer is a wondrous sight and one of the most popular times for garden visiting. In many ways we are spoilt for choice of subjects, but how often is it that the resulting images fail to really capture the essential spirit and character of the garden?  This workshop will help you to feel that elusive essence of a garden in your photography.  Philip will start the day with an introductory talk. Topics covered will include composition, light, the ‘language of lenses’, metering and exposure, preparation and planning. We will also touch on post capture processing.

In the afternoon you will be free to explore the garden making your own images with one to one help and support with Philip’s expert guidance as needed.

For bookings phone 01206 822007


September 22nd,

The Royal Photographic Society at Stockton Bury

Autumn Moods

The English garden in September is full of interest for the photographer, with sculptural shapes of grasses to the vibrant colours of late summer plants. Stockton Bury is an undiscovered jewel, deep in the Herefordshire countryside. Created by generations of passionate gardeners it is now run by Tamsin Westhorpe, formerly editor of ‘The English Garden’ magazine and a gifted gardener in her own right.
For a photographer, the challenge is to really capture the essential spirit and character of the garden. This workshop will help you discover practical techniques and ideas to capture that elusive spirit. Philip will start the day with a short introductory talk. Topics covered will include composition, light, the language of lenses, as they relate to garden and plant photography, including macro. We will then tour the garden and Philip will discuss the many photographic opportunities on offer. You will then be free to explore the marvellous ‘garden rooms’ at Stockton Bury, making your own images with one to one help and support from Philip as needed. There will be time for the group to reflect at length on the photographs taken on the day and also any images you may want to bring with you to share- on data stick please.

Who is it for: photographers with any type of camera, although DSLR or Bridge users with interchangeable lenses will get most from the day. If you are unsure about how your camera works then please bring your manual.
What to bring: tripod is extremely useful but not essential  (not monopod), all your lenses, full battery and enough card storage, any reflectors or extra lights you like to use, garden kneelers are useful and suitable clothing for outdoor work. 

 

October 7th, 

The Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex. 

Mists and mellow fruitfulness

 

Autumn is thought by many to be the best time of year to photograph plants and gardens. The light is soft and often warm, and there are some wonderfully photogenic flowers like crocosmia, heleniums and echinacea. After the workshop you will feel more confident in capturing the light and forms of the autumn garden.

Philip will start the day with an introductory talk. Topics covered will include composition, light, the ‘language of lenses’, metering and exposure, preparation and planning. We will also touch on post capture processing.

 

In the afternoon you will be free to explore the garden making your own images with one to one help and support with Philip’s expert guidance as needed.

 

For bookings phone 01206 822007