Flora Workshop


Seven-day beginner flora workshop at some of the finest gardens in the East of England.

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The beginner flora workshop will run for seven days; each lesson lasts four hours. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for photographers wanting to know more about flora photography, composition, and staged flora photography. Furthermore, you’ll learn the craft from a professional photography artisan and a qualified botanist that’s worked in all aspects of horticulture, landscape design and flower arranging.

Lesson 1 will be held in Norwich at the Plantation Gardens; here, we’ll talk about the importance of ethical flora photography, protected species, toxic species, and when to acquire permits for your projects; we’ll also touch very briefly on plant identification for those interested in identifying their subjects for portfolios, apps, websites, studies, art, etc.

Lessons 2-3 will be held at the Harford Community Centre, Norwich, where we’ll cover camera and equipment setup, exposure triangle, focusing and diffused light, flash, composition, backgrounds and staged flora photography.

J. J. Williamson, Staged Flora Photography.
J. J. Williamson, The Norfolk Photographer, Staged Flora Photography.

Lessons 4-5 will be held at Easton Agricultural College, where we’ll talk about composition, storytelling, depth of field, colour and contrast.

Lesson 6 will be held at Cambridge Botanical Gardens, where we’ll cover the placement of objects, the golden ratio, the rule of thirds, breaking the rules etc.

Lesson 7 will be held at Cambridge Botanical Gardens, where we’ll cover colour, contrast, framing, crop and expression.

As a bonus, I’m also throwing in an extra day (for free) from which we’ll cover the post-processing of RAW files into beautiful print-worthy images. Workshop 8 will run from 09:00 until 17:00 hrs.

I pride myself on providing the best tuition possible. Therefore, each workshop has a limit of only seven people. If the workshop has sold out, please register your name, email and phone number here, and I’ll book you into the next available workshop. An understanding of basic photography is required for this course.


What you need:

  • Camera (with spare batteries or bank charger)
  • Len(s) Preferably a 50mm or macro with a wide aperture of F/1.8-F/2.8
  • Polarizing filter (suitable for your primary lens)
  • Camera and lens cleaning equipment
  • Tripod (with spiked feet)
  • Wimberly Plamp with a stake (or an alternative)
  • Shutter release cable or IR remote shutter release
  • Flash with diffuser
  • Walking boots
  • Suitable clothing
  • Notepad and pen (preferably waterproof) though not essential

What’s not included:

  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Travel arrangements

The minimum age requirement is 17; alcohol, narcotics and vapes are prohibited in our workshops. If you are a smoker, please ensure you smoke before, or after the lesson and not on the grounds I teach. For more information, please use the contact form below. Availability times will be made public in due course.