Photographing trees

This two-day course will show you how to produce stunning photographs of trees including the detail in bark and leaves.

The gnarled and paper like bark of a yew tree

Date and time

6 to 7 April 2023

10.30am to 4pm


Botanical Brasserie Restaurant Courtyard, Kew Gardens


Kew members: £180

Adults: £190

Maximum capacity

15 places per session

Learn how to produce superb photographs of trees in this popular two-day course with specialist tree and forest photographer, Edward Parker.

We’ll start with an illustrated talk looking at tree and forest photographs from around the world, before heading out into the Gardens to gain inspiration from Kew’s impressive arboretum.

You'll explore the capabilities and limitations of your equipment, and as the course progresses, we’ll evaluate your images. 

You'll learn how to: 

  • photograph the whole tree as well as details of bark and leaves
  • use different techniques, such as directional and soft lighting, colour, and composition
  • download, store and enhance your final images
  • get the most out of your digital equipment and work with camera limitations
A huge tree with gnarled bark in a field with a chicken standing in front of it
© Edward Parker Photography
Sunlight shafting through the branches and leaves of a hornbeam
Hornbeam © Edward Parker Photography

About the tutor

Edward Parker is co-author and photographer of the major book ‘Ancient Trees – trees that live for a thousand years’.

Over the last 20 years, Edward has worked for organisations such as WWF on numerous tree and forest related projects around the world. 

He has twice been Highly Commended in Wildlife Photographer of the Year and his photographs have been exhibited at Kew and The European Commission.