The South-East Group Invites…

Nikon Owner Evening Webinar
‘Starting From A Blank Canvas’
By Polina Plotnikova

Wednesday, 24th February 2021

White on White Flower by Polina Plotnikova

Start time: 7.30 pm GMT
Duration: 90 minutes

Please note that this event will take place as an online webinar
and please see Registration section on how to sign up.

Following Guy Edwardes outstanding and very popular presentation on Wildlife Photography, Nikon Owner South-East Group coordinator Paul Stillman is delighted to invite you to his next Nikon Owner Evening Webinar, ‘Starting From A Blank Canvas’ by Polina Plotnikova, taking place on Wednesday, 24th February.

Do you, like most of us, visit places that seem photogenic and then walk around them looking for things that might make a photograph? Even when, as now, our mobility is restricted we are told to be aware of our surroundings and look beyond the obvious. There is another way, and Polina Plotnikova is an undisputed master of making, rather than taking, pictures. She visualises the image in her mind and then creates it with all the feelings and emotions that produce so much more than a simple statement of fact.

She is therefore studio based and will feature two of her favourite photographic subjects, creative flower portraiture and still life. Both themes will be richly illustrated from her work.

About Polina Plotnikova

A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and holder of an EFIAP photography distinction, Polina has won eight gold and silver medals at Royal Horticultural Society competitions, with distinctions in the Food Photographer of The Year and International Garden Photographer of The Year competitions, amongst many others.

The evening will be in two parts.

In the ‘Flower Portraits’ she will describe her approach to flower photography and similarities to portrait photography: finding a unique look, expressing it’s mood, character and beauty rather than an accurate botanical image in it’s natural habitat.

Then in ‘Still Life’ she will talk about using composition, light, textures and colours to realise the vision she had in her mind expressed as a picture, and how all these details are thought through before proceeding to take photographs. There will be a few schematic illustrations to show the studio hardware and the various stages of assembling a still-life setup.

For more information on Polina Plotnikova please visit her website:

Stillife by Polina Plotnikova

Webinar Requirements

A computer, laptop (Mac or Windows), tablet or phone (iOS or Android).

Internet access (Wi-Fi, ethernet connection preferred)..

Speakers or headphones (audio out) to listen to the audio stream.

A webcam or microphone connected to your computer for audio input (optional, if you are using a laptop, tablet or phone these will be built in).

Even without sharing your video / audio stream you will still be able to type questions using a chat feature.

You will need to download and install the Zoom application on your computer or laptop, or app on your tablet or phone. Detailed instructions will be sent to all attendees before the event.

Please note: this event will not be recorded.


The cost of the event will be £12 per person, payable in advance, for current Nikon Owner subscribers and £72 for non-Nikon Owner subscribers.

To reserve your place, please click here

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions, please email Katrin Ruckert on

Paul Stillman looks forward to seeing you on February 24th!

Cancellation Policy

Please kindly note that a cancellation policy applies and that unfortunately a refund or a credit towards a future event can only be provided when you give us 7 days’ prior notice of cancelling your place(s).



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