Garden Scenes and Close-ups Photography Workshop
at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

DATE: June 6-7, 2015
LOCATION: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens 
                      9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct 
                      Vienna, Virginia 22182 
COST: $199
WORKSHOP SIZE: minimum 4, maximum 8 
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Light. Walking on paved paths and grassy areas, mostly flat.

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Meadowlark Botanical Gardens encompasses 95 acres in the heart of Northern Virginia and offers a diverse collection of ornamental display gardens and native plant collections. The gardens offer walking trails, gazebos, two lakes and a Korean Bell Garden. With so much to explore there is no shortage of beautiful photographic opportunities. Learn shooting and composition techniques for dynamic photographs of garden scenes and plant life details. Find out how to enhance your composition by using diffusers and reflectors to control the light. Expand your creativity with techniques for impressionistic images. 

The workshop includes two photo shoots, presentations on photo techniques and image processing, plus a post-workshop photo critique. Corey Hilz will be assisting attendees, answering questions, and offering feedback on photos while we're out shooting. Corey can help you build your photography skills and creative vision. A small group allows him to work with everyone individually in the field.

Gardens & Flowers Gallery

Gardens & Flowers Gallery



The workshop runs from 2pm Saturday to 1:30pm Sunday.

  • Saturday session: 2:00 – 7:00pm
  • Sunday session: 7:30am – 1:30pm

The workshop is scheduled so participants are photographing during the best light of the day. The Saturday session starts in the afternoon with a lecture, then the rest of the time is spent photographing the gardens in late afternoon light. The presentation and photo session will help improve your skills with composition, equipment and shooting techniques for garden photography. Sunday morning we'll start things off with another photo shoot in the beautiful morning light. Afterwards we'll go indoors for a session on image processing and software demonstrations. Following the workshop participants will be able to submit their photos for critique.

Equipment Recommendations

  • Camera: Digital camera with interchangeable lenses (DSLR or mirrorless)
  • Lenses: Wide angle, telephoto and macro lenses.
  • Accessories such as extension tubes and screw-on close-up lenses will be useful if you don't own a macro lens.

  • Diffuser and reflectors for controlling the light. There will be some available to borrow.
  • Filters: Polarizer
  • Tripod

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 14 days before the event: Full refund minus $5 cancellation fee. If payment is credited toward to another event there is no cancellation fee.
  • 7-14 days before the event: Full payment is credited toward to another event.
  • Less than seven days before the event: No refund or credit.
  • If no cancellation notice is given there is no refund or credit.
  • If the event is cancelled (due to low enrollment, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances), you can choose to receive a full refund or credit. The event may be rescheduled, however there is no obligation to attend.