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Garden Photography lectures and workshops 2015

"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.

NEW FOR 2015

French Gardens Photography Workshop

Dordogne, France

June 10th to 13th 2015

This is a 2-day / 3-night Photo Workshop of stunning gardens in the Dordogne region of France

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 exclusive access to the splendid gardens we visit – outside of normal opening hours, in the early morning and evening to enable you to capture the best images in good light. 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.

The second day will involve a change of location and further practical work with one to one tutoring. Be prepared for an early start!

The second afternoon will involve a group discussion about the work that students have undertaken during the course, with constructive and inspiring comments about the work on show by both tutor and fellow students.

You will get more out of the course if you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, and particularly if you have a macro lens. This applies both to DSLR and smaller compact system cameras. Extension tubes used with normal lenses are also useful and suitable for this kind of photography. You should bring a stable tripod if you can, a remote shutter release and lens hood. Bring your camera’s manual if you have been struggling with its controls. You will need plenty of media cards and a fully charged battery (or two!) for your camera.

The course is about exploration and moving 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.

For further information go to World Photo Adventure


Better Plant and Garden Photography

Chelsea Physic Garden, London

22nd April, 5th June, 3rd September 2015

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

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 exclusive access to the splendid gardens we visit – outside of normal opening hours, in the early morning and evening to enable you to capture the best images in good light. 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. Books will be on sale for cash only at £10 or £15.

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