Capturing the Personality of Plants in a Simple Studio Setup

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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm ET

You don’t need a large studio to create still life photographs of plants. In this 2-day online course, you’ll learn how to set up a small tabletop studio using window light, choose plants that photograph well, and bring out their personality in a plant portrait.

Students will provide their own plants (such fresh flowers, dried flowers, seedpods, succulents, fruits, vegetables or houseplants with bold foliage) and should begin gathering these in advance. The class is geared toward DSLRs with a tripod and macro capabilities (macro lens, extension tubes or macro filters), but camera phones are also an option. The course will involve a mix of instruction, creative exercises, shooting assignments, discussion and image review. Be prepared for a full weekend of learning, playing and making photographs. Participants will receive information regarding materials for setting up a small studio and gathering plants in advance, and should be prepared to make photographs both days.

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Instructor: Lee Anne White

Lee Anne White is a photographer and writer whose work is rooted in the landscape. Her photographs have been exhibited in both juried and solo shows, as well as published in books and magazines. She has handled commercial assignments for landscape architects, documented historic landscapes for the Library of Congress, and is the former editor-in-chief of Fine Gardening magazine. She is the author or editor and principle photographer of nearly 20 books on landscape architecture and garden design and has handled assignments for Garden Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, Landscape Architecture, Country Living, Sunset and other magazines. She earned a master’s degree in creative studies at the State University of New York/Buffalo State.