Photographic Workshops > Into Sunset: Freestyle

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Two times winner (Botanical Britain category) in the
British Wildlife Photography Awards

Flowers can, of course, be photographed at any time of the day, but if you wish to produce something extraordinary then you have to stay out longer in order to benefit from the soft, golden light of pre-sunset. 

Held at a beautiful ancient coppice and broadleaved woodland near Ashford in Kent, upon meeting at the car park we will head into the woodland a short distance where I will discuss and illustrate the techniques I use to produce creative and evocative images of wood anemones. Lens selection, lighting techniques, exposure and differential focus will all be covered, in detail.  

Strictly no tripods!  I like to use the term 'freestyle' when photographing in this manner. Leaving the tripod at home enables me to move freely and without hindrance. It also forces me to select certain subjects or shoot in a particular manner that is only possible without the support and security of a tripod. This has many benefits where, above all else, you are more inclined to experiment with alternative compositions.

Although the date has been carefully chosen to coincide our visit with peak flowering of the wood anemones they are, of course, a natural thing so it is impossible to predict, 100%, what state of growth they will be in. 

Please note the following
Due to the remote nature of the location, this workshop is not suitable for those relying on public transport.

How To Book

To book a place, simply download and fill out the booking form (see Downloads on the right) and return to Robert either by post or email. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of both the booking form and payment.

Through payment of this workshop you agree to the terms and coonditions.


"As a complete amateur, I've now been on 3 of Rob's courses, 2 half day and the Prague trip. What I like about Rob's style of tuition is that he never makes you feel stupid whatever your question, and believe me I can ask the most basic not once but twice! His workshops are well planned and give a balance of input from him and scope to do your own thing. He has the ability to make you look afresh at the subject; allows you to explore on your own but is there if you need technical help, as I so often do! "
Dyanne Cox

"Many thanks for the wonderful day you gave us on Thursday. I was very lucky to be quick off the mark and scoop up an amazing day of photography with a "Master"! I did learn quite a few new things, just need you sitting on my shoulder during the composition of my images, but will definitely try harder to remember your hints and tips".
Melanie Chalk

Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Start : 16:00
End : 19:45

Price : £95

Group size : 6
(Workshop Full)


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Cost: £95
Deposit: £50
Max. group size: 6
Min. group size: 4
Location: Near Ashford, Kent. Full details will be given nearer the time.
Level of fitness: Easy. Level walking. You must be able to kneel or lie down for extended periods in order to get to the flower's level. 
Experience level: Beginner upwards.
Equipment needed: Digital SLR or CSC (Compact System Camera) with telephoto zoom with very close-focusing capabilities. Please test it beforehand. You will need to be able to fill the frame of a subject the size of, for example, a mobile phone. A macro lens of 50mm to 200mm is preferred and you will certainly achieve better results with one. However, should you own a fast (f/2.8 or wider) prime lens in the region of 50mm or 100mm then consider purchasing a close-up diopter lens which screws on to the front - just like a filter. A right-angle viewing attachment will be very useful since you will be working at ground level much of the time and should your camera have an articulating LCD screen then this will do the job, nicely! A full list of what to bring will be supplied nearer the workshop date.