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Passion for Plants? Creative Plant Photography Course by Heather Angel

A floriferous field with large poppies in southernTurkey

A floriferous field with large poppies in southern Turkey

Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 May 2013 inclusive
Tutor: Heather Angel with assistance from Giles Angel
Venue: RBG Kew

After a depressingly cold March, come to Kew to capture a plethora of spring plants– outside and in glasshouses.

Participants on this popular course will learn how to extend their vision, both in the way they look at plants before releasing the shutter and the best way to approach photography for each particular subject. The RBG Kew – now a World Heritage Site– is a rich resource for working with plants, especially in May.

Illustrated lectures, as well as practical demonstrations, will show how the structure and texture of plants themselves help to determine the most appropriate lighting. Learn how to shoot striking images of plants and flowers and get to grips with your digital workflow. Heather shows you how to select the best lighting for stunning macro shots by careful composition, critical focusing and selective use of depth of field and when to use reflectors, diffusers and fill-flash. You will also learn how to meter tricky subjects with confidence and how to gain increased depth of field by focus stacking.

Jade vine Jade vine Strongylodon macrobotrys

Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) native to the Philippines

Anyone who has a passion for plants will benefit from this course which is aimed at professional and enthusiastic amateur photographers, as well as horticulturalists, botanists and garden designers.

Heather Angel is a highly versatile nature photographer whose pictures have artistic appeal as well as scientific authenticity. After a zoology degree, she took up photography and then turned freelance. Heather has produced 59 titles on photographic techniques, natural history or gardening topics including How to Photograph Flowers, Wild Kew and Digital Outdoor Photography: 101 Top Tips. For several years she has been working with Kew on a big project on how floral structure relates to pollination mechanisms for a book, due out in 2014. Since 1994 Heather has been a Visiting Professor within the School of Biology at Nottingham University. www.heatherangel.co.uk

Winter aconite Eranthis hyemalis flower and bud

Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) flower and bud

Giles Angel will be present on one day to advise on Photoshop and Lightroom techniques and answer your post production queries.

For further information, please contact:

Miss Sarah Oldridge
Adult Education Co-ordinator
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
e: S.Oldridge@kew.org
t: 0208 332 5626 or 01444 894310

Kew course 2013 NOCI
25/03/2013

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