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Claire Carter Botanical and Macro Workshops

Winner of International Garden Photography of the Year  Macro Category 2021 

Highly Commended and Commended Square Crop Category 2021

3rd place and Highly Commended Black and White Category 2022


I have been running these workshops for about 8 years and can offer the following: - 


1:1 or 2:1  botanical/macro workshop available from my home in Church Stretton, Shropshire. Indoors so not weather dependent. PLEASE NOTE these will cease after 14th August whilst I relocate.

Price £160 whether 1 or 2 people so bring a friend and pay just £80! Email me to get details - dates to suit you.

Sunday 31st July. As part of the Church Stretton Art Festival I am offering two workshops on Indoor Botanical Photography, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm; the cost is £35 per workshop. More details and booking instructions can be found here 




Claire Carter is  offering photography workshops for those who enjoy shooting botanical subjects or want to learn more about close-up and macro photography.

Examples of cARterART botanical, macro and close-up photography can be seen here.

The day starts with a comprehensive presentation and technical information 

Topics will include:

  • Composition for botanical photography

  • Using natural and artificial light

  • Exposing for creative imagery 

  • Macro and/or close up photography - using the equipment you have but discovering and using the equipment I provide 

  • Extension tubes - and other ways of getting closer

  • Image aesthetics - what makes a good photograph

  • Exploring different backdrops and learning how they make or break an image

  • In-camera techniques to make images more interesting

  • Low cost solutions for closeup photography


Advanced topics available on request:

  • Depth of field expansion (Focus Stacking)

  • In camera double exposure

  • Getting the most from RAW and processing images using Photoshop

  • NEW microscopy - using a microscope to photograph a whole new world invisible to the eye

  • Flat lay photography


This workshop is designed to enable careful photography exploring the wonder and beauty of plants though techniques can be applied to any subject. I want to encourage slowing down, taking the time to make a well-crafted photograph built from beautiful forms, your own emotional reactions, and studied composition. 


Those interested in macro techniques will value the opportunity to photograph inside at table height, away from the wind. 




Tripods will enable sharper images and these can be borrowed if you don’t have one. If you have macro capability this is ideal but a longer zoom (up to 300mm) will give close-up shots. I will teach you how to use your current equipment creatively. I can let Canon users use a variety of my own lenses. 



"Your workshop today was excellent, being fun, enjoyable with like-minded people and very informative. Thank you so much for all the time and effort involved in putting these on for us. It is great to keep learning, so that we can improve our photography skills. I will look forward to more courses in the future." Rose Finch


"Thanks again for such a superb day yesterday, I'd love to do it all over again."  SH