Philip Smith founded ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ in association with Kew Gardens in 2006 and now maintains his career in professional photography and workshops from his family home in East Devon. He is author of ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’, published by Garden Photo Press.
The workshops welcome photographers of all levels and no specific expertise or previous experience is expected. The aim 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. The workshops are about inspiring you to move out of your comfort zone to take great pictures. But it is not deadly serious nor is it a course about the latest technology. In a friendly, open environment, we aim to inspire you to get more pleasure and fun from your photography for years to come
What to bring: your normal camera setup, along with any bits you perhaps rarely use, including a tripod. Fully charge your batteries and bring your camera’s manual if you are struggling with its controls. Dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring gardening kneelers if you have them.
Philip will start the day with an introductory talk on photographing plants, sharing tips and techniques to help you improve your images, including lighting, composition and exposure and of course macro photography. You will discover how to get the best out of your camera and what are the best equipment options for the type of photography that interests you. Following the talk Philip will demonstrate techniques outside in the garden, after which 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.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided..