The Joy of Garden Photography

Date and Time:
Date(s) - Friday, April 14th, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join professional photographer Irene Hinke-Sacilotto for this two day workshop.

This course is designed for those who wish to advance their basic photographic skills in a garden setting, creating images that are more imaginative, distinctive, and visually exciting.  Classroom discussions include subject selection, equipment, camera settings, composition, lighting, perspective, and creative thinking. Includes PowerPoint programs, class discussions, and image critiques.   A class assignment/exercise will encourage creativity and reinforce concepts discussed during the workshop.  Includes field practice at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.   A variety of summer flowers will be in bloom.  Mirror Lake, Lake Whitehurst, fountains, and other reflecting pools and ponds should provide opportunities to capture images of frogs, turtles, wading birds, waterfowl, dragonflies, and colorful reflections.

Requirements & What to Bring

For the field portion of the program, bring your digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera with exchangeable lenses varying from macro to wide angle and telephoto, a polarizing filter, camera manual, fresh batteries, memory cards, and a sturdy tripod.  For the critique session, students should have a laptop computer for image editing, a basic image editing program, and a means of transferring images via e-mail or thumb/flash drive to the instructor’s computer.  Instructor will be available to provide assistance during the editing period.  Participants should bring a bag lunch each day or plan to purchase a snack at the garden café.

This is a 2 day workshop Friday and Saturday.  

Assumes students have a basic knowledge of their camera operation and photographic terms such as depth of field, exposure, and f-stop.  They should also have a basic understanding of the operation of their computer, editing program, & means of selecting and transferring image files.

Cost: $125 ($150 for not-yet members)


6:30-8:30 PM: orientation & review of sample images from participants, review of exercises


8:30 – 11:00 AM: field photography; instruction in the field-meadows & gardens

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: bag lunch, image prep & submissions

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM: critique of images, wrap-up critique, lesson on effective use of lighting, filters, & lenses

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