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Close Up and Garden Photography at Colonial Gardens

This is a relaxed listening, learning and hands-on workshop for teens or adults. My groups are small so there will be lots of opportunity for one on one attention. The intimate nature of my sessions always leads to fun and new friendships.

The emphasis during the morning session is to review many technical, aesthetic and expressive issues regarding our topics in order to get everyone on the same page. Let’s take the fear out of the technology so we can move on to improving vision. The discussion and demonstrations will include techniques and equipment necessary for close-up and garden photography, how to work the composition, easy accessories to make the lighting better and getting the right exposure in bad lighting or lighting with lots of contrast.

During the afternoon session, time will be devoted to putting your learning into practice with a walk through the Arboretum.  All activities will take place outside including the discussion portion so please dress accordingly. This workshop is open to beginner or intermediate photographers and any other artist using photography in their art.

Colonial Park is located in Somerset, NJ. It offers 685 acres of scenic landscape, formal gardens, and an 18 hole championship golf course. It has frontage on both the Delaware and Raritan Canals and the Millstone River.

The Arboretum where we will be spending the day is a 144 acre area located in the western section of Colonial Park. This extensive plot includes the Fragrance and Sensory Garden, the Ornamental Grass Collection, the Rose Garden, the Perennial Garden, and the Shrub Collection. Each area offers a wide variety of photography opportunities.

In late spring, the Perennial Garden is alive with fragrances packaged in beautiful shades of yellow, lilac, white and pink. This section includes 5 acres of formal flower beds, ornamental trees and shrubs, with a gazebo as a focal point.

Along with the Perennial Garden, the Rose Garden will also be of special interest to us. It contains 3000 roses in 325 varieties. From late spring through fall, the roses present a kaleidoscope of color, form, and fragrance. The Rose Garden and surrounding Arboretum were part of the original Mettler Estate, which was once a working farm. The flagstone walks and small stone pool are original to the estate.

Please bring cameras with instruction booklet, tripod, and any accessories including flash that you don’t know how to use yet. Students should also bring snacks or lunch.  There are no food facilities there.  We will meet in the parking lot A at 10am.

May 26 Rain Date.

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