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The Art of Flower Photography with Celia Henderson LRPS See the scene, take the photo and make the art. 3. REPEAT of What's in the Garden

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The Art of Flower Photography with Celia Henderson LRPS See the scene, take the photo and make the art. 3. REPEAT of What's in the Garden

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Jun 11 2024 10:00 - Jun 13 2024 11:30
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This new series of workshops, part of the Seed to Bloom programme will select a seasonal flower each month

See-Take-Make with Celia Henderson

JUNE 3. REPEAT of What's in the Garden

Date and Time: Two Sessions:

June 11 & 13  10-11.30 pm

A corner

Our gardens, public gardens are not just about the flora and fauna, look for the hidden or inner landscape, composition and framing to exclude the outer landscape, use of vignetting and desaturation to reduce tones and colours. In this task we will also look at hand colouring parts of an image.

“Whirling Butterflies”

“Whirling butterflies”, roses, geraniums etc – the flowers of June are many – in this task we will look at capturing and processing a plant to capture plants in the field – creating soft diffused light to prevent harsh shadows. Does adding a water droplet enhance the image? Some post processing tips on removing distractions and creating a shallow depth of field.

Cosmos and Textures

We might use a cosmos or perhaps some other June flower will attract our attention, capturing flowers with motion – using subtle blur tools post processing to create floaty petals, sense of movement and adding and creating textures that complement our subject.

Geranium Oil Paint

Capture first for the visualised painting. This painting will use subtle by defined brush strokes to paint (by hand) over the captured and processed image. Using a range of blenders, brushes and mixer brush techniques to create a botanical, but painterly effect.

We’ll start at the end of the process by visualising the finished masterpiece, consider your intended output (print medium, digital). That directs us to the take stage, what equipment, lens, camera settings, backgrounds, compositions, lighting, do we need. And before you even click the shutter button, reflect on the features and magic that can be applied from the post processing software.

Whether you are seeking to create a sharp botanical study, a still life, a competition entry or a dreamy watercolour painting, let me guide you through the “See, Take, Make” workflow. With each workshop putting seasonal flowers in the limelight, we will put our vision plan to the test and consider how to best capture the shot(s) and which tools will be required to complete the post processing workflow, so you are fully prepared and motivated to capture the tulips of spring, the sweet peas of summer, the glorious dahlias and rudbeckia of autumn and the resilient snowdrops in winter.

The Workshops

What will we cover:

  • What do you see
  • Location, planning and outcomes
  • What’s our approach
  • What equipment, camera, lenses, accessories
  • By how much (if at all) can we control the lighting
  • Camera settings to achieve your visualisation
  • A lot of post processing skills – to enhance the capture and complete the vision

Each workshop will incorporate one or more approach and discuss the suggested equipment (including a pair of scissors and a dental mirror), how to manage the light, backgrounds, composition and which post processing tools give the ultimate results

Covering a whole variety of approaches – just look at the list …

Pick a flower a month and test your vision, photographic skills and creativity.

Booking a place: 

Digital Imaging Member - £8 For the two sessions

RPS Member - £12.  For the two sessions

General admission - £15   For the two sessions

If you are not already a Digital Imaging member it might be advantageous to join as a Digital Only member and benefit from reduced ticket prices.

Digital Imaging Home Page | Digital Imaging Workshops | Join Digital Imaging (£14pa) | Join Digital Imaging Online (£7 pa)


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Cancellation Policy

It is inevitable, that occasionally an event will be postponed or cancelled for this or another reason beyond the RPS’s control. If an event is postponed we will transfer your booking to the rearranged event, with the option of a refund if the rescheduled date is not suitable for you. Occasionally an event may also be cancelled owing to a lack of bookings.

If an event is cancelled we will give you as much notice as we are able and any payment by you to the RPS in respect of the event is offered as a full refund. In the case of events cancelled because of a lack of interest, we will aim to give you as much notice as possible.


RPS Digital Imaging Group facilitate Online Workshops, on Processing in Photoshop, Lightroom. the Nik Suite, Topaz and Affinity. As well as encouraging the use of software in creative ways to create artistic photographic images.


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