This workshop welcomes photographers at any level of experience. It will provide you with knowledge, skills and techniques that you can use to improve your photography of plants and gardens, no matter what type of camera you have.

Philip Smith is a professional garden and plant photographer. He founded International Garden Photographer of the
Year and ran it for seven years. He now acts as a consultant to the IGPOTY project and has been running workshops
since 2009.

The price of £108  includes tuition, garden entry a light lunch and other refreshments throughout the day.

Important information: You will need suitable clothing for outdoors. Please bring your own single lens reflex camera, batteries and charger and a blank memory card, plus tripod white or silver reflectors, and macro lens if you have them.  You may bring a few samples of your own work for discussion in the group if you wish – as prints or as image files on a USB memory stick.

Some feedback from previous attendees of this course:

"Philip Smith was excellent. A gifted photographer and great presenter. He keeps it all down to earth and relevant. Very highly recommended."


"Philip knows his stuff...excellent presentation style."


Better garden photography With photographer Philip Smith: specialist in garden and plant images

9.45 am          Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 am        Introductions and an overview of the day

The workshop will be a mixture of lecture, discussion and practical work. The aim is to provide:

  • a sound technical foundation for your photography
  • a deeper understanding of digital processing and the creative opportunities it offers
  • tools and techniques to help you ‘see’ photographs in the garden before taking a shot
  • insights into macro close-up photography
  • tips and tricks for working with light and colour

10.50 am        Lecture and discussion

11.30 am        Practical session in the garden (or glasshouse if wet)

We will work as a group on three subjects:

  • a garden view
  • a plant group or border
  • a plant close up

1.00 pm          LUNCH (This will be provided – a savoury gruyere tart with a side salad)

2.00 pm          Discussion of morning’s work

2.30 pm          Practical session in the garden

You will work alone to choose and work with your own subject or subjects in the garden. You will be able to have one-to-one discussions with the tutor through the afternoon as you work.

3.30 pm          Refreshments (tea and cake), review of work done in the day and/or photographs the group members have brought with them.

4.30pm           End of session. The Garden will be open until 6pm.

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