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Spring at Kew Gardens


Deposit: £195.00

There can be no lovelier sight than an English garden in springtime.  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 again after the winter months.  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!

Some of the Spring attractions at Kew include the Cherry Walk, the display of exotic bulbs in the Davies Alpine House and the bluebells carpeting the woodland walk. There are over 250 types of magnolias, a grass garden (perfect for ICM), lakes and an aquatic garden.

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.

Spring fever - so full of promise. In May, 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?

Your Tutors

Doug Chinnery

Doug Chinnery

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...


Valda Bailey

Valda Bailey

Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex who first became passionate about photography when she was 14. She grew up in Jersey and retains an affinity for coastal views and seascapes. Her approach to photography is greatly informed by...



  • Both Doug and Valda were brilliant at knowing where to step in and where to leave me to my own devices. I learned skills that I am now looking forward to developing further. Truly inspirational.

  • USD - $252.80 / Deposit: $252.80

    EUR - €225.05 / Deposit: €225.05

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  • Tuition from Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey, lunch, entrance to the gardens

  • Insurance, transport to the venue

  • KEW01

  • English

  • Easy Exertion

    Easy - Most locations are arrived at by vehicle, and most subjects and viewpoints are within easy reach. No particular level of fitness is required.

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