Description: Spring at the Arboretum is the ideal time to photograph close-up images of colors, textures, and patterns and turn ordinary images into powerful abstracts. Instructor Joshua Taylor Jr. will help participants learn how to capture striking images with basic photo equipment. The use of extension tubes, close-up filters, diffusers, and reflectors will be demonstrated during the shooting session with the instructor.
Participants will receive online pre-workshop instruction and an illustrated handout. ¬ The workshop also includes a morning photo shoot with the instructor and a classroom session on image enhancement techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to e-mail the instructor two JPEG images from the workshop for a written critique. Bring ALL photo equipment, including a digital memory card, extra batteries, and camera manual. A tripod is optional, but highly recommended. Please be reminded that point-and-shoot cameras have limited options, but they are welcome and can work quite well for close-ups.
Taylor has presented photography workshops at the Smithsonian National Orchid Show, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, as well as for public gardens, preserves, and horticultural societies across the region. In addition to teaching in the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program and at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, he exhibits his work regularly and speaks at camera and garden clubs.