~  Workshops and lectures  ~

Philip Smith runs workshops aimed at helping people of all levels of experience to develop their photography of plants and flowers.

Locations where he has run workshops include Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Chelsea Physic Garden, Bergamo, Italy, Palace of Monserrate, Lisbon, Wakehurst Place, Lacock Abbey and numerous National Trust gardens , galleries and museums.

The main aim of the day is to demonstrate ways in which students can develop their ‘eye’ for a good picture, and then show techniques that can help them to express their vision in the finished photograph.

Subjects covered include macro work, composition, how to get the best from your kit (DSLR and smaller system cameras) , how to modify natural light, colour theory, and how to convey the atmosphere in a garden.

The day is more about exploration and discovery than it is about taking wonderful pictures on the day. There are opportunities for one to one discussion with Philip about your individual needs and questions.

All abilities are catered for from semi-professional to ‘complete amateur’. The workshop is conducted in a friendly and approachable manner – the day is enjoyable and fun for everyone in the group.

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I do genuinely believe that the IGPOTY workshop I attended a year ago, completely changed my approach to photography. I thought I knew the rules and concepts - what makes certain photographs more magic than the others - but one thing is to read about it, another to hear from experienced photographers who are willing to share their secrets.
I was also blown away by the passion and patience they have for photography. It’s rather like a lifestyle than just a profession or hobby. It really was a boost to go out and enjoy gardens, wildlife, nature and to discover the magic of “golden minutes” for myself. 2012 has been a very good year - first place in the “Breathing Spaces” category after 3 years of submitting my pictures to the competition. I feel very honoured and proud! Apart from the workshop the thing that kept me going were comments and encouragement from IGPOTY about the photos I submitted.
— Dace Umblija | Category winner 2012