Early summer garden photography course

Photography in the beautiful RHS Rosemoor Garden, north Devon

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Saturday 1st June 2024, RHS Rosemoor Garden, Great Torrington, north Devon

Course location: RHS Rosemoor Garden, Great Torrington, north Devon

Date: 1st June 2024

Times: 3.00-9.00pm

Price: £112 per person for RHS members; £127.85 for non-members

This course is being organised by RHS Rosemoor, and so all bookings and payments are to be made through them.

To make a booking visit the RHS Rosemoor website by clicking on this link:

RHS Rosemoor Garden, Devon.

What this early summer garden photography course entails

This early summer garden photography course will be an afternoon and evening of photography in one of southwest England’s most stunning gardens, owned and run by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of their showcase gardens. We’ll be photographing it at the height of its early summer beauty, with many plants both vibrantly green and in full flower

We’ll be photographing garden landscapes, both fairly general views and closer details within each sub-garden, concentrating on the combinations of pattern and colour, as well as some specific plants and plant settings.

This is a rare opportunity to closely photograph a magnificent garden, much of it after closing time, allowing us to have the entire garden to ourselves.

What I’ll be teaching during the course

The course will aim to teach the following skills:

  • How to spot potential compositions within the various garden environments and plant collections, ranging from wide views right down to individual and group plant arrangements;
  • Control of and making use of the balance between shutter speed and lens aperture to gain the best exposure, and to control depth of field (ie the amount of the image that is sharply in focus);
  • Making full use of the camera’s most important features, such as semi-manual modes, in particular shutter-priority and aperture-priority. The aim wil be to help you get away from ‘auto-everything’, as well as to understand the ISO settings, image histogram and exposure compensation;
  • Learning to integrate a tripod into your photography: making sure you’re able to set the camera up on a tripod correctly, and then manipulating the tripod to get the camera into the right position for each photo composition;
  • Executing the image, using positioning, perspective, focus control, use of light, and lens focal length to create simple, strong compositions.

Participants should have an understanding of what shutter speed and lens aperture mean, plus a knowledge of how to operate their own camera in order to get at least basic images.

Note: Since we’ll be working outdoors, what we are able to do during the day is very weather-dependent. Weather conditions may make it necessary to vary the itinerary. Indoor facilities may be available in the event of bad weather to make it possible for tuition to continue.

RHS Rosemoor Garden, Devon.

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