2023 Flower Photography Classes, Dorset

I will be running selected Dorset wildflower photography classes in April, May and June 2023. The exact dates will be confirmed early next year.

We will be finding and photographing wild-growing orchids including early spider-orchids, early-purple orchids, green-winged orchids and bee orchids (separate classes for each because they mostly flower at different times).

These will be small classes, with no more than four students at a time.

To participate you will need to have a DSLR camera that is capable of being used in manual mode (i.e. not on automatic). You don’t necessarily need to know how to use it in manual mode before the class but it would be helpful if you did, even if it’s just the basics.

You will also need a tripod that fits your camera, or at the very least something solid and flat to rest it on, such as a sturdy camera bag.

A reasonable level of fitness is necessary, as there will be a shortish walk to get to the orchids, sometimes on uneven ground. You’ll also need to be able to climb a few steepish slopes to find some specimens. Additionally, it would be useful if you are able to get down on the ground on a level with the flowers, although if you really can’t that’s okay.

Walking boots (or proper wellies) and waterproof/protective clothes are a must. Please be aware that you can’t easily throw down an old blanket to lie on because you may crush orchids and other plants that are growing around your chosen subject. That means a certain level of agility and awareness of your surroundings is required.

I will have some equipment to lend on the day including a few tripods, but not cameras. If you have a Nikon camera I may be able to lend you a lens to try out, but this is not guaranteed.

Classes will go ahead unless the weather is really bad. If that’s the case we may be able to switch the location to somewhere more sheltered, or in a worst-case scenario we will need to reschedule. If we reschedule, time is of the essence as flowering seasons are fairly short.

Please contact me here to register your interest in Dorset wildflower photography classes.

Photographing Dorset’s ox-eye daisies at first light, Saturday 9th June 2018

Photographing Dorset ox-eye daisies at first light.

3 hour flower photography class at a secret location in north Dorset. 

Matisse style still life photography class

Saturday 17th March 2018 9.30 – 1.30, Holt Village Hall

 

I’ll be teaching a Matisse and Dufy style still life photography class on Saturday 17th March 9.30 – 1.30 at Holt Village Hall, near Wimborne, Dorset.

The class will be held in conjunction with artist and art teacher Penny Wilton, who will be helping participants develop their photos into Matisse style cut out pictures, or Dufy loose paintings.

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Wimberley The Plamp II - Great for flower and plant photography

Wimberley Plamp II

  • Dimensions: 23 x 4.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Item model number: PP-200
  • Holds reflectors, diffusers and flashlights etc.
  • Allows small adjustments to your subject for alignment in film plane
  • Steadies wind-blown plants for ambient light photography
  • Great for studio use
  • Positions subjects to aid better lighting and focussing

About The Plamp 

One end of the Plamp clamps to your tripod and the other grasps your flower, plant etc.

Use the Plamp to stabilise windblown subjects, adjust the position or angle of your subject, move obstructing foliage, or to hold a diffuser or reflector. 

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