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Photographing Flowers with Andrew Darlow

Full Day Photo Workshop & Excursion at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, NJ

Late spring brings with it an incredible display of flowers across the landscape. In this full-day workshop and tour at the Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey, professional photographer and author Andrew Darlow will focus on helping you get the most from your camera, whether you have a point-and-shoot or the latest Digital SLR (DSLR). *see requirements below.

In addition, a horticulturalist will share information and answer questions throughout the day.

Echanacea, photo © Andrew Darlow

This workshop combines classroom-style learning with “on-location” hands-on training. Every participant will receive handouts and a “shot list” with specific techniques to work on. After a day of learning and photography, we’ll meet at a Rutgers University classroom to review images on a large projection screen while Andrew continues instruction on photography and digital imaging. 

Throughout the workshop, these and other topics will be covered:

• Overview of important macro (close-up) photography tools, including focus rails, extension tubes, tripods, monopods and tripod heads.

• Lens options and lens types for photographing flowers and landscapes.

• Composition and framing tips (in camera and with software).

• Specific suggestions for when to use Aperture Priority vs. Shutter Priority vs. Manual.

• Grey balance and color balance tools for the field, and how to utilize them on the computer.

• Focus and exposure control, including “back button” autofocusing and exposure options.

• How to use flash, fill cards and other accessories effectively (and affordably) when photographing flowers and landscapes.

• Bracketing options, and how to merge images for improved dynamic range and/or HDR (high dynamic range photography).

• RAW file advantages and how to manage large numbers of digital files.

• Photo filters and lens hood options (and when to consider using them).

After your registration is received, you will receive valuable links from Andrew Darlow with more information on photographing animals, as well as a suggested list of accessories to consider for getting the most from the workshop.

Yellow Blur, photo © Andrew Darlow


9:30-11:00am  Meet at Rutgers Gardens. Introduction and instruction by Andrew Darlow about how to get the most from your day at the gardens. Specific information for taking better photos will be covered, and a packet will be distributed to each attendee with a detailed schedule, list of photography topics to be covered, map of the gardens and additional links and information. 

11:00-12:15pm Tour through various sections of Rutgers Gardens with an expert horticulturist as you receive on-site group photography lessons by Andrew Darlow. Each attendee will also have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Andrew for at least 20 minutes (timing will be scheduled).

12:15-1:00pm Lunch will be provided to attendees (sandwiches and beverages will be ordered from a local caterer based on attendees' individual requests). 

1:00-2:00pm More tips and suggestions will be covered by Andrew Darlow, followed by a brief question and answer session.

2:00-4:00pm Continue the tour through various sections of NJAES as you receive on-site group photography lessons by Andrew Darlow. Individual exploration will also be encouraged.

At 4:00pm, SD/CF cards will be collected and files will be prepared by Andrew Darlow for the evening discussion.

4:00-6:00pm Dinner break (on your own - see this page for many dining options in New Brunswick)

Purple Iris, photo © Andrew Darlow

6:00-8:00pm - Evening Instruction/Slide Show at a Rutgers University classroom.

Each attendee will receive an 8GB SDHC or 8GB CompactFlash card to use during the workshop. All attendees will be invited to participate in a slide show and question and answer session at a Rutgers University classroom from 6-8PM in the evening after a dinner break. Following the workshop, a private online gallery with your photos will be created for you to review for up to 3 months, and you will keep the SD/CompactFlash media card after the workshop so that you can download your originals.

Re: copyright and image usage: Attendees retain the copyright to all of their images, and attendees may use any of their images images for any legal editorial or personal/exhibition use, however commercial use of images photographed during the workshop (for example, stock photography for advertising products or services) is not permitted.

*Requirements: This is an intermediate-to-advanced level workshop. Moderate experience using a digital SLR or a higher-end digital compact camera is required. To participate, your camera should be either a digital SLR or a higher-end compact camera with Aperture and Shutter Priority modes (please inquire if you are not sure if your camera is appropriate for the techniques that will be covered by sending an e-mail to Andrew Darlow via this link). A tripod is also highly recommended for this workshop (a suggested list of tripods and accessories will be sent to you when you register).

Tuition & Early Registration Discounts

Fee Per Person: $335 ($315 plus $20 materials fee). Register by 6/09/2011 and save $40 off the tuition fee. Register above via credit card (a PayPal account is not required). Checks are also accepted when sent at least one week prior to the workshop. Contact the organizer at ibex@gibex.org to arrange for payment via check.

This workshop is strictly limited to just 10 participants.


Comments from attendees at other workshops with Andrew Darlow:

"Thanks Andrew! The workshop was fantastic. I think your teaching skills, as well as your knowledge, are truly remarkable." -Ed Livernoche, Professional Photographer

"Andrew's presentations were clear, concise and free of "jargon" that you sometime run into at workshops. He answered all questions in a way that was clearly understood and made sure that you did understand. We highly recommend his programs!" -Tom and Mary Keifer

About Andrew Darlow

Andrew Darlow Portrait

Andrew Darlow is photographer, writer and digital imaging consultant. He is the former Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine, and the current editor of ImagingBuffet.com, an online imaging magazine. His animal photography and other photographic work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines and websites, including Photo District News, Popular Photography and Rangefinder magazine. Over the past 15 years, he has taught thousands how to improve their photography, workflow and digital print output at conferences, industry events, and educational institutions, including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, the Arles Photo Festival (Arles, France), Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He also publishes a free newsletter, available at www.imagingbuffet.com/newsletter.

301 Inkjet Tips
His book, "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers," covers tips and techniques for prepping, printing and displaying prints made using inkjet printers.

301 Inkjet TipsHis book, "Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat," contains over 100 tips for getting better images of people and their pets.

Parking Information

Free parking will be provided at Rutgers Gardens and at the Rutgers classroom building. Your confirmation e-mail will contain all the information.


Historically, the Rutgers Gardens was comprised of a series of horticultural collections arranged in garden settings and spread over fifty acres. They are located just east of U.S. Route 1 on Ryders Lane in New Brunswick, New Jersey. These collections and garden areas, the oldest of which dates back to 1927, feature a diverse variety of landscape plants with origins that span the globe.

The Rutgers Gardens' collections include the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden featuring All America Selections® flower and vegetable winners, the largest collection of American Hollies in the world, a Shrub Collection, a Shade Tree Collection, a Rhododendron and Azalea Garden, The Roy H. De Boer Evergreen Garden, The Ella Quimby Water Conservation Terrace Gardens, The Gardens for Sun & Shade, The Ornamental Tree Collection and a Bamboo Forest.

The Gardens adjoin Frank G. Helyar Woods (a virgin forest that can be toured via its marked trails), Weston's Mill Pond and the Log Cabin & Pavilion. Constructed in 1936 as part of a W.P.A. project, - it is linked by a patio to the Pavilion, constructed in 1993.   

(Source: www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu)

Payment/Cancellation Terms

Payment is due in full prior to the workshop via this website's ordering system or via personal/company check. Contact Andrew Darlow at 732-742-0123 or via e-mail at "ad (at) andrewdarlow.com" for offline payment options.

A 100% refund is given for cancellations by attendees more than 30 days before the workshop. A 50% refund is given for cancellations by attendees more than 7 days before the workshop. No refunds are given if cancelled by attendees within 6 days of the workshop.

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