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Spring Botanical & Garden Photography

  • York Gate Garden Adel, Leeds LS16 8DW UK (map)

York Gate is a one-acre garden tucked away behind the ancient church in Adel, on the northern outskirts of Leeds.

This garden was created by the Spencer family during the second half of the twentieth century in the Arts and Crafts style, and now owned and managed by Perennial, it is a garden of immense craftsmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the period. It is an inspiring garden to photograph. 

Our course will begin in the purpose built study centre and include a tour of the garden by Head Gardener Ben Preston. 

This workshop will be of interest to anyone who is inspired by plants and gardens, but who aspires to a deeper and richer photographic engagement with the subject. 

Students will be introduced are to the key technical aspects of photography that will enable them to take better photographs and create their own projects. The choice of Lens, aperture, and lighting will be explored. Different filters and other photographic accessories helpful to the garden photographer will be demonstrated. We will look at simple tools such as the tripod and reflector as a means to achieve professional results. Joan will suggest achievable photographic projects that will be worked on throughout the day in the garden. 

Your tutor: Joan is an experienced photographer specialising in plants, garden food and lifestyle. She was a finalist in the 2016 International Garden Photographer of the Year competition held at Kew Gardens 2016.