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Claire Carter Botanical and Macro Workshops

Winner of IGPOTY Macro category 2021 plus Highly Commended.


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


1) NEW 1:1 or 2:1  botanical/macro Workshop available in Church Stretton, Shropshire. Indoors so not weather dependent. 

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

2) Small group workshop. £65pp 

Redesigned 2021 to include new equipment and techniques.

I am currently looking for a new venue for this workshop - hopefully new dates to be added soon. Any recommendations of garden centres welcome!

Cost: £65 payable on the day.

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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Group bookings with a discount available with dates of your choice. 


Email via contact form to book on advertised dates at the nursery or to enquire about individual or group bookings which are available now in Church Stretton. 


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.


Based at a lovely, very private garden centre we will have access to a 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 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. 

The light in the lodge is exceptional but there will also be many different artificial 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 ( I have a huge collection to explore).




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