Garden Photography Course

Looking to improve your garden and plant photography? Mark is pleased to announce he will be running his first one day creative garden photography course at the wonderful Waterperry Gardens on 17th May 2017. This course is now full but we will be holding further dates in 2017. Please ‘like’ our Facebook page to see the new dates when they are released!
Mark’s course is for anyone with a basic knowledge of photography looking to create beautiful garden vistas and plant portraits.
Mark has worked as a professional photographer since 1999 and has a wealth of knowledge to      help you improve your photographic skills. Mark is a member of the Professional Garden Photographers Association and has won a number of monthly awards for his images including first place with an image of the Rose Garden at Waterperry Gardens! Mark has photographed the gardens at Waterperry for the last 4 years and many of his images are used by Waterperry to promote the gardens.
Mark’s relaxed and friendly approach starts off in the classroom with examples of his work and how he achieved the results, help in you getting familiar with your camera settings and the afternoon will be spent in the garden taking photographs. Complimentary tea and coffee will also be included.
Students are required to bring the following;
A digital camera of some description that you will be happy to use.
Preferably a 35mm SLR style digital camera with a wide-angle lens to moderate telephoto lens. A macro lens or macro function is desirable if possible.
Bridge Camera with wide/telephoto/macro features
Compact Camera with wide/telephoto/macro features
Camera Phone – not ideal but better than nothing!
In order to see the result on the day a digital camera is recommended with either an SD card or CF card. (Please ensure your card is downloaded and re-formatted and ready to use before coming long to the course)
A fully charged battery and spare (fully charged battery)
A tripod and cable release if owned.
Outdoor footwear, clothing and waterproofs to wear if raining plus large umbrella!
Something suitable to lie on for low angle shots if ground is damp/wet
A notebook and pen
A suitable packed lunch or lunch is available to purchase at the Waterperry Tearoom.

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How did this come about? Garden Photography

How did I get into this I ask myself, then I realise it’s in my blood. Both Mum and Dad love their garden and from as long as I can remember they have spent every spare hour in their garden, growing vegetables for the family, flowers for the house and pot plants for our home and to give to friends! So expanding my photographic career into gardening photography doesn’t seem that much of a departure from my life, it almost seems like the natural progression.

Hands

I shot this of my Dad’s hands in the Summer whilst visiting them for the day. I love this picture and it sums up my Dad and my life growing up at home with them perfectly. Dad, hard at work preparing food for the family – the man never stops!

Dad and Me

My dear Dad and me this year on Father’s Day. Popped to see Mum and Dad before heading home to Oxfordshire, Mum had cooked a roast and then we headed out for the afternoon to some local gardens. When we got back to their house Dad dug some veg for a quick photo shoot I’m working on! Nothing is ever too much trouble for this man. Always there to help people as much as he can. His first selfie too! x