Kew Gardens is the world’s most famous botanical garden and home to more than 30,000 different plants together with historic glasshouses, magnificent vistas and precious specimen trees, as well as royal buildings, a Pagoda and beautiful woods.
This is a wonderful opportunity at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to become immersed in layers of colour and shape with Doug Chinnery and Valda Bailey, for a day pursuing a slightly different photographic approach.
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.
In early September the gardens will still be bursting with horticultural and botanical treats, so come and experience the magnificent sights, scents and sounds. You’ll find plenty to inspire and challenge you.
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...
A short introduction to the day ahead was then charged with the battle cry from Doug, 'just go and do it'! What more could one ask for. With that level of enthusiasm I achieved some wonderful results.
This was an exceptional day. Liberating, creative, spontaneous but above all it made me remember what GREAT FUN it is being a photographer. Two wonderful tutors with a 'let it flow' approach.