A whole day's practical shooting around Kew Gardens looking at how to get the best photographs of the spring colours. This event has more tuition than some of our photoshoots and we will look at a wide range of different subjects on the day. The photographic opportunities provided at Kew are very wide ranging, from the peacocks and waterfowl which can provide some great images, the bluebell woods and the many trees and plants in their spring colours, through to close up and macro photography.
Kew also has a number of large greenhouses that house an exotic collection of plants, these make Kew a location suitable however inclement the conditions may be and so the very changeable spring weather is not generally a problem at this location.
Spring is the best time of year for photography, beautiful colours, everything looking clean and fresh and crisp lighting all contribute towards being able to capture stunning images. Added to which the trees are just breaking out in bud, the blossom is coming out on the cherry trees and later in spring the bluebells and spring blooms start to appear. The opportunities abound but you need to know how best to capture the different subjects. Many of the subjects will require close up (please note we will not be covering macro techniques on this event) photography to capture them at their best whilst other subjects will require more landscape techniques. Lens usage will be a key part of the things that we are looking at on this event along with framing and compositional techniques.
Any EOS camera with zoom lenses with focal lengths between 18mm through to 200mm is required for this event. A pair of lenses 18-55mm and 55-250mm for example would be ideal.
A polarising filter is useful, though due to the light loss it gives, we can only use them effectively on a bright sunny day, which in the UK can never be guaranteed.
If you do own extension tubes, close up filters or a macro lens, then these will be useful but not essential for the day.