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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.

Saturday 26th July 2014
Poltimore House, near Exeter

This lecture and practical session is aimed at beginners who want to develop and improve their plant and garden photography. No expertise or knowledge is assumed. You will learn about compsition, basic principles of the technology, and practical tips and tricks to help you when you visit publc gardens.

Booking details to follow

Wednesday 24th September 2014
Chelsea Physic Garden, London

Enjoy a day of photography in one of the world's most historic gardens.

This is an all day workshop aimed at photographers of all levels and no specific level of expertise is expected. A morning lecture and discussion will be followed by a session photographing in the spectacular gardens. If wet, we will work in the glasshouse. The aim of the day is to provide practical tips and tricks to help you improve - but also to give you a chance to question and explore your whole approach to garden photography. Topics covered will include macro, depth of field, composition, digital processing, and learning about light and colour. The day is more about exploration and discovery than it is about taking wonderful pictures on the day. There will be opportunities for one to one discussion with the tutor.

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 at £10 or £15.

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Thursday 23rd October 2014
Kew Gardens, London

Tutor: Philip Smith

Time: 10.30am – 5pm

This one day course, held amidst the Autumn beauty of Kew Gardens, will give you a sound technical foundation for your photography. Along with a deeper understanding of digital processing and the creative opportunities it offers. Philip demonstrates tools and techniques to help you ‘see’ photographs in the garden before taking a shot and you will gain insights into macro close-up photography along with tips and tricks for working with light and colour. Participants are welcome to bring a small number of their own photographs for group discussion/analysis during the course if they wish.

Course Fee: £70 (£60 Concessions, Friends of Kew) For further information or to book please contact: or call: 0208 332 5626

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