July 12-13, 2019 ~ Summer Flowers at Longwood Gardens

July 12-13, 2019 ~ From the Heart to the Lens Workshop: Photographing Summer Flowers at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA)

NOTE: All Workshop Session for Friday, July 12, 2019 are FULL and only 1 spot remains for Saturday Afternoon, July 13, 2019.  Please email me if you would like to be put on the Standby List.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA is one of the best (if not the very best) Flower Gardens and Conservatory in the U.S. and to celebrate the Summer Flower season, I will be holding a workshop at Longwood Gardens July 12 ~ 13, 2019. There is also an option to signup for personal one-on-one time with me on Sunday, July 14th, as well as post-shoot webinar on finishing your flowers in Lightroom/ACR/Photoshop.

As we photograph Lisianthus, Water Lilies, Calla Lilies, Cone Flowers, Cosmos, Lotus Flowers and possibly early Dahlias , I will teach you “best practices” for capturing  the amazing flowers.  The best thing I can give you is the ability to see “the finished image” before you approach a flower you want to photograph.  Elements of photography like f/stop, depth-of-field, shoot-thru, in-camera effects and the use of reflectors/diffusers will be explained and demonstrated in the group.

There will be two hands-on photography sessions available each day.  The morning session (Session A: 9:00 am to noon) will concentrate on “seeing” your subject using a macro and/or telephoto lenses, choosing an appropriate flower subject, approaching the subject to photograph it, using natural light with diffusers and reflectors, and how to dial-in your camera settings to capture the flower.

The afternoon session (Session B: 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm) will concentrate on more advanced camera techniques including double-exposure, capturing water droplets, using a Lensbaby (Velvet 56, 85 or  Optic Swap System) along with using creative angles, backgrounds and lighting techniques to capture your flower subject.  I am currently communicating with Lensbaby on the possibility of their providing loaner Lensbaby Lenses to the afternoon groups.  If they agree, they will also provide a discount code if you decide you would like to purchase a lens.

Each session is limited to 4 attendees so that there is ample time for me to work individually with each attendee; however, if you wold like more time with me alone, I am available for 1 hour personal sessions on Sunday, July 14th between 9am and  1pm.

An After-Shoot Webinar

If you are interested in attending a 60-minute “live” online webinar approximately 2 weeks after the workshop, you may also sign up for that.  I will solicit photographs from attendees and work with to images to teach enhancement techniques in Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom and Photoshop. There is a $45 fee for the webinar.  The webinar will remain online for 30 days so that you can go back and re-watch the techniques I will be teaching.

Financial Commitment

When you sign-up you will be able to choose what sessions you want to attend on what day.  Each session is $129 and taking both sessions in the same day is $235.  You may take the same session twice or Session A on Friday Session B on Saturday ($10 surcharge applies for splitting days).  The choice is yours and I encourage you to choose what fits best with your comfort level and budget.  There is a fee to enter Longwood Gardens and you may access information or purchase tickets through this link: Admission to Longwood Gardens.

Payment in full is required upon sign-up to ensure your participation in this Photography Workshop.  Admission into Longwood Gardens is also required. More information about obtaining entry tickets into Longwood will be provided when you sign up.

If you are ready to make a commitment to this Workshop, please complete this Longwood Summer Flowers Signup Form.  If you have questions about this Workshop or anything else, please use the Contact Me form.  I hope that you will consider joining me for this special event that will begin (or continue) your Photographic Journey from the Heart to the Lens!

Hotels and Other Costs

If you require hotel accommodations, the closest hotel to Longwood Gardens is the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennett Square, PA (approximately 1 mile).  If you have scheduled your session for Friday, July 12th, you will probably want to arrive at a nearby hotel of your choice on Thursday, July 11th.  You may even want to stay for an additional day after your session just to “practice” what you’ve learned.  Multi-day discounts are available on-site at the Longwood Gardens ticket booths located in the Lobby.

If you are flying, you will want to make arrangements to arrive/depart Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  Car rental is available at the airport.

Please remember that hotel, transportation, Admission into Longwood Gardens, food and other personal spending is not included in the cost of the Workshop.