I will be leading a special mini workshop on the topics of Composition and Macro Photography at beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens on Friday, January 13th, 2017. We will start with a couple of short presentations and questions and answer session. We'll then practice our compositions both in the comfort of the orchid garden and if the weather is nice, in the four seasons gardens and beyond. Once you learn how to use your camera and have an understanding of exposure, those technical aspects do not change. However, your eye for composition will continue to grow and evolve as you photograph the world around you. Composition can be a struggle for some, but I intend to take the mystery out of it and help you to create images that you'd be proud to hang on your walls at home or share with your friends.

What You'll learn

  • Compositional "rules" and when to break them
  • Using lines, curves, frames, color etc...
  • Depth of Field and how it can greatly affect your image
  • Wide angle Vs. Telephoto
  • Hyperfocal distance for maximum sharpness
  • Finding the scene within a scene
  • Tools and tricks for better Macro images
  • My NUMBER ONE recommendation for getting a better composition with EVERY scene.


the details

Friday, January 13, 2017.

9:30 -1:30.

$80/person. $75 for CNPA or CCC Members

Admission to Daniel Stowe is included.

6500 South New Hope Road. Belmont, NC 28012


What to Bring

  • DSLR,  Mirrorless, or Point and Shoot camera
  • Polarizer if you own one. Not required.
  • Tripod
  • Remote Release or know how to use your self timer
  • Snacks. Lunch is on your own after the workshop.
  • Clothes appropriate for the temperature that day. If it's not snowing or freezing, we'll venture outside for a bit.
  • Something to take notes if you wish. Not required.