Date: 18th October 2016
There can be no lovelier sight than an English garden in autumn. Kew Gardens is home to more than 30,000 different plants together with many architectural attractions. This is a wonderful opportunity to become immersed in layers of colour and shape as the gardens come alive with autumnal colours. Join Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey for a day pursuing a slightly different photographic approach at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Plant and flower photography doesn’t have to be confined to macro images and formal flower studies. Creative possibilities abound; this workshop is about exploring intentional camera movement and multiple exposure techniques in the garden together with more traditional methods, including handheld macro as well as Lensbaby and tilt-shift lenses. There are no tripods allowed at Kew Gardens - view this as a freedom rather than a restriction!
Temperamental weather will be no bar to creativity - there are many places to shelter. The magnificent Palm House is considered to be the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world. Whether shooting through the glass or concentrating on the plants within, it will doubtless provide plenty of inspiration.
Doug Chinnery has tutored many people in the finer points of macro photography and he has extensive experience in the use of tilt-shift lenses and Lensbabys.
Valda Bailey won 2nd and 3rd prize in the Greening the City category of Garden Photographer of the Year 2012 and was a finalist in 2013. Plants and flower photography remains a source of fascination and she has been developing creative techniques to complement the subtle beauty of nature’s bounty.
Autumn fever - so full of promise. In October, the borders at Kew Gardens are bursting forth with reckless abandon; what could be more uplifting than to spend a day amongst the explosion of new life and riotous colour, interpreting Mother Natures’s beauty in a very unique way?
This is a fairly unstructured workshop. The group will gather for an introductory talk at the start of the day and during this time a detailed exploration of technique, camera settings and ideas will be addressed. This usually lasts from between 45 minutes to an hour. It is then suggested that students disperse and experiment at their own pace. We will be a large group in a public place so naturally people will disperse, however Doug and Valda will advise the group of their whereabouts during the morning, should additional help or advice be required.
Lunchtime will offer a further opportunity for discussion, reflection and questions. Regrettably, logistics do not allow a formal critique of work other than what is visible on the back of the camera. The afternoon will follow a similar format to the morning, with students independantly exploring options and ideas. Again, the route that Doug and Valda will follow will be outlined in advance in order that those students who feel they need assistance can stay in close proximity.
A final group meeting at the end of the workshop will give students another opportunity to ask questions and discuss any issues.
Doug has been a semi-professional photographer for several years, going full time almost two years ago to pursue his dream of a creative life. He has been teaching photography to individuals and groups for six years and has also taught...