Claire Carter Botanical and Macro Workshops
Venue: Bill White Nurseries, Far Forest, Rock, Near Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
Cost: £60 payable on the day. Group bookings with a discount on request.
6 people maximum.
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Suitable for beginners or advanced photographers.
Not weather dependent as we can work indoors.
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Claire Carter is offering photography workshops for those who enjoy shooting flowers and plants or want to learn more about close-up and macro photography.
Examples of cARterART botanical, macro and close-up photography can be seen here.
Based at a lovely, very private garden centre we will have access to a newly built wooden lodge with refreshment facilities. We will be able to select our plants from the garden centre and either photograph them in natural light or bring them inside away from the wind and weather. As plants are in pots we can bring them up to table height so this is especially suitable for those who find low level photography difficult.
The day starts with a comprehensive presentation and technical information is emailed to you in a PDF file after the workshop.
Disabled access and toilets.
Topics will include:
Composition for plant photography
Using natural light
Still life photography
Extension tubes - and other ways of getting closer
Image aesthetics - including creating great backdrops
Using artifical lights
Exploring different backdrops
Advanced topics available on request:
Depth of field expansion (Focus Stacking)
Soft focus double exposure
Getting the most from RAW and processing images using Photoshop
Master Live View on your DSLR
Remote operation - preview and display images on a computer monitor in real time to attain critical focus and exposure
This workshop is designed to enable careful photography exploring the wonder and beauty of plants. 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 have plants brought indoors, at table height, away from the wind.
The light in the lodge is exceptional but there will also be portable lights available for those wishing to play with these. The grounds surrounding the centre also have opportunities for wildflower photography in the right seasons. In winter we will still have a great variety of plants, leaves and seed heads.
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