Move beyond beautiful flower photographs to develop your voice as a botanical artist.

Refine your compositions, explore your personal vision and experiment with new techniques. In addition to color photography, we’ll cover black-and-white conversions, the creative use of filters, and hand-coloring prints with pastels. We’ll explore the use of natural and studio lighting for macro work, still life arrangements, and creative rearrangements. Although primarily a studio workshop, we’ll also visit fall gardens and a nature preserve for inspiration and images. Students will be expected to work on a personal project exploring a particular technique, subject or concept during the week, and will improve their ability to critique and edit their own work.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Compose more creatively and with greater control and intention
  • Use creative techniques for composition, image processing and presentation
  • Understand the impact of different types of natural and studio lighting on plants
  • Photograph botanical still life in the studio
  • Use an assortment of tools (such as reflectors, diffusers, props, lights) for botanical photography
  • Better define their own photographic intentions and begin to explore their own photographic style
  • Critique and edit their own images with greater confidence

Prerequisite: Previous botanical photography workshop or portfolio review. Students should be comfortable with their camera and image processing software.

What to Bring: A digital SLR camera and lenses (including macro capabilities), tripod, laptop with image processing software, thumbdrive and 10 images of your current botanical work to share.



Lee Anne White

Lee Anne White is captivated by the beauty, essence and changing complexion of natural, designed and cultural landscapes. She enjoys them most in the quiet moments—in the soft light of sunrise and sunset, on winter days when trees bare their bones, and on foggy mornings when less is visible and the world doesn’t seem quite so complicated. She also loves gardens—simply, yet boldly designed. And when it comes to plants, she searches for the essence of their spirit—whether a gentle gesture or defining characteristic. 

A fine art and editorial photographer, her images have been exhibited in both solo and group shows, including a permanent exhibition of her work at Brenau University. She has served as a sole or major contributing photographer for more than 20 books, authored nine books and served as the editor-in-chief of Fine Gardening magazine. Her work has been published in Garden Design, Landscape Architecture, Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, Kitchen Garden, Country Living, Country Gardens, Horticulture, Sunset and other magazines. She earned a master's degree in Creative Studies at SUNY/Buffalo State and an undergraduate degree in Journalism, Broadcasting and Commercial Art at Brenau University. 

Course Dates

Oct 8 to Oct 14



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