Kew in close-up

Event details

Tuesday 2 to Wednesday 3 May 2017, 10.30am to 5.30pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course fee: £160 (£140 concessions, Friends of Kew) 15 places available

Event overview

About the course

During this practical two-day course, you will learn how to appraise plants as potential subject studies and how to light them to capture memorable botanical close-ups.

With day one spent mostly in the Gardens, day two starts with an indoor still life session with flowers, cones and leaves, using window light as well as LED lights, a lightbox, a light tent and fibre optics. The outdoor session will involve the use of fill flash, and how to photograph insect pollinators, as well as looking for plant patterns.

Anyone who has a passion for plants will enjoy this course, which is aimed at professional and enthusiastic amateur photographers, as well as horticulturists and botanists. You will gain a clear understanding of how to use lighting to achieve best results and gain confidence in capturing macro subjects – both outdoors and inside.


The tutor

Heather Angel is perhaps best known as a highly versatile nature photographer whose pictures have a strong artistic appeal as well as scientific authenticity. After reading for a zoology degree, she took up photography while undertaking research in marine biology. When her first book Nature Photography: Its Art and Techniques was published in 1972, Heather’s photographic career took precedence. She has produced 50 titles on photographic techniques, natural history or gardening topics including Kew - A World of Plants, How to Photograph Flowers, and Natural Visions. Since 1994 she has been a special professor at the School of Biology at Nottingham University.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure

 

 

Introduction to Botany

Event details

Choose from either Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 April 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £80 (£70 concessions, Friends of Kew) 12 places available

Event overview

About the course

A general introduction to the world of flowering plants, this one-day course is suitable for non-scientists and anyone keen to develop a deeper understanding of this fascinating subject. With embedded practical sessions and a short guided walk through some of the living collections, the course will cover the variety of plant life, flowering plant structure, pollination, adaptation, taxonomy, and classification. By the end of the day you’ll have learned how plants are identified by using a botanical key and have a better understanding of the immense diversity of plant life. 


The tutor

Anna Haigh has worked at Kew, in the Herbarium since 2002. She specialises in the research and web taxonomy of the Araceae (Arum) family and has carried out fieldwork in South America and the Caribbean. 


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure

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Exclusive photography event: Princess of Wales Conservatory

Event details

Tuesday 11 April 2017, 2pm to 7pm
Venue: 
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Price: 
Course Fee: £100 (£80 concessions, Friends of Kew) 15 places available

Event overview

About the course

Renowned nature photographer Heather Angel will lead an indoor practical session on how to control available light and when to use flash to an advantage. Then we will visit the conservatory where you’ll have the space to yourselves to photograph the diverse range of plants growing there including orchids, carnivorous plants, creepers and climbers.


The tutor

Heather Angel is perhaps best known as a highly versatile nature photographer whose pictures have a strong artistic appeal as well as scientific authenticity. After reading for a zoology degree, she took up photography while undertaking research in marine biology. When her first book Nature Photography: Its Art and Techniques was published in 1972, Heather’s photographic career took precedence. She has produced 50 titles on photographic techniques, natural history or gardening topics including Kew - A World of Plants, How to Photograph Flowers, and Natural Visions. Since 1994 she has been a special professor at the School of Biology at Nottingham University


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the Spring/Summer adult short course brochure

 

 

Spring photography masterclass

Event details

Saturday 8 April 2017, 10.30am to 4pm
Venue: 
Kew Gardens
Price: 
Course Fee: £150 (£130 Concessions, Friends of Kew) 12 places available

Event overview

About the course

Be part of a small group on this course devoted to outdoor practical photography amid the spring delights of Kew Gardens, with instruction and guidance from one of the world’s most successful flower and garden photographers. After an introductory lecture, you’ll spend the day in the Gardens (and possibly in one of the glasshouses) which presents a wide variety of photographic challenges.
The tutor will be drawing your attention to the trees, plants and views making up the spring picture at Kew and sharing hints and tips for the best ways of capturing them. Suitable for pro-active improvers.


The tutor

Clive Nichols is one of the world’s most successful flower and garden photographers. He has won many awards for his work and in 2005 was voted ‘Garden Photographer of the Year’ by the Garden Writers Guild. His work has appeared in countless magazines, books and calendars throughout the world and he is in constant demand as a lecturer and teacher.

He has appeared on British and Japanese TV, sits on the RHS Photographic Committee and is a judge for the ‘Garden Photographer of the Year’ competition.


How to book

Please email adulted@kew.org with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641

Download the spring/summer 2017 short course brochure

 

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