Indoor Floral Photography Workshop
I will be giving floral and other plant photography workshops at my home in Fallowfield, Manchester, this April (2022). To see the sorts of images you will be able to achieve please peruse the gallery below.
There will be a maximum of three attendees at each workshop, in order to ensure sufficient space to work, and to make sure you get as much guidance from me as you want.
In the workshops we will work on the fundamentals of shooting and creating beautiful flower and leaf images. We can also try other techniques such as using a lightpad, motion blur, and droplet refraction photography, depending on the interests of the attendees.
I will provide subjects (a variety of flowers and leaves, vases etc.) but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
TECHNIQUES & TOPICS COVERED
- setting up a subject for photography (positioning, using clamps/tripods/vases etc.)
- composition (including experimenting with angles, positioning in frame, size in frame etc.)
- camera settings
- using backdrops
- lighting (including natural light, LED panels, softbox lights, reflectors etc. (note - I do not use flash for this sort of photography but you are welcome to bring a flash if you wish). There are many ways to use lighting with different angles etc., and we will try a variety of approaches.
- using water or glycerine droplets and water sprays to create rain effects
- getting the subjects sharp/focusing/ISO
- ensuring good exposure
- focus stacking (including processing in Photoshop)
- post processing (using Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Denoise to get the most out of an image)
- using a lightpad
- droplet refraction photography (optional)
- motion blur photography (optional)
- using a reflecting sheet (optional)
The day will begin at 10.00 (after a cup of tea/coffee) and run until 5.00pm with a 30 minute break for lunch at 1pm.
Saturday 9th April - FULLY BOOKED
Friday 15th April - 1 place available
Saturday 16th April - FULLY BOOKED
I may hold more workshops later in the year - possibly in May or June. Watch this space or email me for info.
£75 per person
If two people wish to book for themselves alone the fee will be £95 per person (not available this April - all 3 dates will have 3 people).
Please note, VAT does not apply; these are the total amounts.
Please contact me for enquiries or to make a booking.
What You Will Need
3. Close-up lens (ideally a macro lens or some other set up which allows you to do close-up photography)
4. Medium range lens (I use my 18-55mm lens on a crop sensor camera - on a full frame something like a 24-70 would be suitable).
5. Knowledge of how to use/alter camera settings, e.g. mode, manual/autofocus, ISO, aperture, focal length, live view, white balance, exposure delay, exposure compensation
6. Lunch (I will provide tea/coffee/soft drinks and snacks).
7. Full Covid vaccinations
Testimonials (from outdoor macro workshops)
'Having seen the results that Tony achieves I decided to sign up on one of his macro courses. I did the pre shoot, shoot and post shoot processing sections each of which I found most helpful and rewarding.
I am confident that going forward I will be able to apply the skills and techniques learned to have a positive impact on my macro work. Tony is easy to get on with and generous in sharing his knowledge and techniques. I would recommend anyone to give it a go.'
- Steve Hitchen
'Having seen Tony’s work with butterflies etc, I have been waiting to get out for a while but been spoiled by the weather. However, I finally got out and spent some quality time with him explaining the techniques used in finding, isolating and having the set-up ready to take the picture in the best possible position. I now have that understanding that I can also take into the field to try and achieve the same level and quality of the images Tony produces.'
- David Woodhead
These images should give some idea of subjects and techniques we may cover (although specific plants used will depend on what is available at the time of the workshop).