August 4th

Ironbridge Gorge Museums, West Midlands

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. 

In association with International Garden Photographer of the Year.

More information: www.ironbridge.org.uk


August 21st

The Royal Photographic Society at Stockton Bury

Summer Moods

The English garden at its height 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. 


September 15th

Knoll gardens, Wimborne, Dorset

Experience the photographic opportunities in one of Britains' leading gardens that specialises in grasses, plants that are at their most dramatic in autumn. The owner, Neil Lucas, is holder of ten Chelsea Flower Show gold medals. This workshop is a unique opportunity to photograph the garden in the best morning light - it will be an early start at 6:30 am, finishing at midday. The morning will be a mixture of talking and practical work; the exact schedule will be determined on the day as it will be weather dependent.

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. 

For more information: http://www.knollgardens.co.uk/events/


October 13th

The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Devon

Better Plant and Garden Photography

This workshop takes place in a garden renowned for its innovative, contemporary planting and fantastic location on the edge of Dartmoor. It is several locations in one , including a walled garden, lawns edged with mature prairie-style  grasses, and mature trees with views across the moor, all of which offer great opportunities for photography. We welcome 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 be a photographic exploration of the garden . 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. 

More information at: http://www.thegardenhouse.org.uk/events/?date1=2018


October 19th to 22nd

Alpine Experience

This is a 3 day Photo Workshop in the stunning Haute-Savoie region of France. The goal of this workshop is to work with light in the high mountain pastures and forests, looking at how to capture magnificent panoramas to patches of light on the woodland floor that highlight fungus, flora and fauna.

 The Haute-Savoie region offers some of the most spectacular mountain and woodland scenery in France

 We will visit and photograph spectacular mountain and woodland vistas near to the village of Samoëns

 Your tutors and fellow photographers, Philip Smith, founder of IGPOTY – The International Garden Photographer of the Year, and Wilf James

This is an opportunity to photograph the diversity of mountains, forests and waterfall scenes with autumnal colours.

For bookings https://www.worldphotoadventure.com/photo-workshops-and-tours/alpine-experience/