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. 

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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. 

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