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Do you love searching for and seeing wildflowers where they are growing in their native habitats? Do you enjoy discovering the wonderful variety of flowers growing in local gardens? Do you believe in not picking the flowers so others can enjoy the beauty you have seen?

If yes - then this is the Meetup Group for you. We’ll be searching out and photographing flowers at local gardens and wildflowers in the local parks. Possible outings include Lotus blossoms at Kenilworth Gardens, sunflowers at McKee Beshers WMA, and Azaleas at Brighton Dam.

Everyone is welcome to join in on the flower safaris - no matter what type of camera you use. You’re even welcome if you just want to see the flowers and not photograph them.

Patty - the group founder - is a professional flower and nature photographer who loves exploring new places and sharing the beauty she finds with others through her photographs.

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WORKSHOP: Photographing the Gardens of Philadelphia

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If you’re as ready to start planning for spring flower photography as I am, consider joining me in Philadelphia for a week-long flower photography workshop from May 5 – 11. Not only will we spend time photographing in many of the 30 gardens in the area, we’ll also explore how to create the photographs that let you share the beauty you are seeing. During the workshop, we’ll visit at least five gardens or parks to photograph flowers. We will head to the places that have the best displays that week. The gardens we may visit include Bertram’s Garden, Chanticleer, Jenkins Arboreatum, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, and Winterthur Museum and Garden. I’m limiting the workshop to six participants to make sure you get the individual help you need in the field as we photograph, and so that I can answer your questions during our evening talks. The tentative schedule for the workshop is Sunday May 5: Introductions, Review the Schedule for the Week. Capturing What You See. Monday May 6: Longwood Gardens. Nuts and Bolts of Flower Photography. Tuesday May 7: Winterthur Gardens. Quick Edits in Lightroom. Wednesday May 8: Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, Bertram’s Gardens. Image Review. Thursday May 9: Chanticleer Gardens. Working with Textures in Photoshop. Friday May 10: Mt. Cuba Center. Image Review. Saturday May 11: Jenkins Arboreatum. Final decisions about which gardens to visit will depend on schedule, weather and most importantly – what’s blooming where in early May! The workshop will start after dinner on Sunday May 5 and end before noon on Saturday May 11. Each evening, we’ll gather for a talk on various aspects of flower photography and editing your photos. Sunday: Capturing What You See. We’ll talk about composition, lens choice, depth of field and using a tripod. Monday: Nuts and Bolts of Flower Photography. We’ll talk about F-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, exposure compensation and histograms. Tuesday: Quick Edits in Lightroom. We’ll talk about a few quick edits you can make to your photos that will make them “pop” Wednesday: Image Review. We’ll take a look at some of your images from the workshop to make sure you’re getting what you want in your photos. Thursday: Working with Textures in Photoshop. We’ll talk about ways you can add another dimension to your photos using textures. Friday: Image Review. We’ll take a look look at a few more of your photos from the week. And I’ll show you how I might edit some of them. The registration fee for the workshop is $ 1500. You can read more information about the workshop and register at https://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/photographing-the-gardens-of-philadelphia-may-2019/ I’d love to have you join me for a week of photographing flowers in Philadelphia this spring. Not sure if this workshop if right for you? Drop me a note and we’ll find a time to talk. RSVPing to the meetup does not register you for the workshop. Be sure to visit my website at https://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/photographing-the-gardens-of-philadelphia-may-2019/ to register

Photograph Flower Somewhere

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Getting the date on the calendar - more info will be available in late May/early June - it will be at a local garden

WORKSHOP: Photographing Local Flowers in the Studio

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Have you ever wanted to learn about studio lighting in a fun relaxing atmosphere? Do you love seeing all the wonderful flowers available from local farms in the summer here in the DC area? Bill and I will be teaching an introductory workshop on photographing flowers in the studio on July 27. Many (if not all) of the flowers we'll be photographing will be from local flower farms such as Petal Patch Flower Farm and Wollam Gardens. We’ll be working with both continuous lighting and studio flash units – not only will we explain how we light a still life subject, but you’ll also get a chance to photograph using both types of lights. We'll have a several different backgrounds for you to use as well. For this workshop, you will need a camera with full manual mode and a hot shoe for a flash. A tripod, a cable release or wireless remote, and a macro lens will be helpful but not required for the workshop. The workshop will be held at my home in Bethesda. I do have several cats – so if you are allergic to cats, please plan on taking your allergy medications in advance. We’ve never found a way to get all the cat hair and cat dander off the furniture and several of them take their duties as studio assistants VERY seriously. Refund Policy You can always transfer your reservation to anyone else, at any time, with no penalty. Can’t attend? Send a spouse, friend or colleague in your place! We charge a $25 handling fee on all refunds (read #3 and #4 below). Prior to July 1, 2019, we will gladly refund the balance of fees you paid to us (less the $25 handling fee). We are not responsible for airfare or other expenses you may incur. After July 1, 2019, there are no refunds. The registration fee for the workshop is $ 250. You can read more information about the workshop and register at https://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/local-flowers-workshop-july-2019/ Not sure if this workshop if right for you? Drop me a note and we’ll find a time to talk. RSVPing to the meetup does not register you for the workshop. Be sure to visit my website at https://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/local-flowers-workshop-july-2019/ to register

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Lightroom

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Are you curious about Adobe Lightroom? Have you heard it’s a great program for editing your photos? Is it on your computer and you have no clue how to use it? Or how to edit your photos? Adobe Lightroom was developed by photographers for photographers to make organizing and editing our photos easier. It has very powerful features – even after only a weekend you will be able to make your photos look amazing. By editing your photos you can share your vision of what you photographed – not just what your camera captured. On August 17-18, I’ll be teaching a workshop to help you get started using Lightroom. I won’t be covering every feature—if I did—we’d all be in total overwhelm and would be in my dining room for days . . . This workshop is designed for people who are ready to start editing their photos – or are ready to use a program with more options than Picasa or PicMonkey. You may already have a copy of Lightroom on your computer but don’t have any idea what to do with it. Workshop is limited to 4 students so I can make sure you get the individualized help you need. More information including registration information is on my website at https://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/introduction-to-lightroom-workshop-august-2019/ RSVPing to the workshop here on Meetup will not register you for the workshop. You need to register through my website

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