Photographing trees

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

Bonsai tree in the Bonsai house

Date and time

Wednesday 21 — Thursday 22 October 2020

10.30am — 4pm


Kew Gardens


£180 (£160 Kew members)

Maximum capacity

15 places

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

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. 

His photographs have been used at both the Earth Summits and are on exhibition at Kew Gardens, Downing Street, and The Horniman Museum.  

How to book 

Please email with a contact telephone number or call 020 8332 5641.

Our 2020 course brochure (PDF)