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Education Program - Workshops and Professional Training

How to Photograph Flowering Plants Like A Pro

February 25-26, 2016 (Thursday - Friday)
Casa del Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Instructor: Phillip Roullard, Photographer
To see more of Phil's photos, check out his portfolio at

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Target Audience: Photography enthusiasts, nature/plant lovers, and anyone who wants to learn (or improve upon) techniques for photographing flowering plants, from beginner to advanced. Participants should have a basic understanding of how to use a digital camera.

Description: This two-day workshop will provide the skills and techniques necessary to take high-quality photographs of flowering plants for documentation and personal enjoyment. Classroom instruction will provide technical skills for outdoor digital photography, including how to get proper exposure, composition, and use supplemental lighting. Use of different lenses, tripods, and other additional equipment helpful in getting sharp images will be included in class discussion topics. Outdoor instruction will provide participants with hands-on learning and one-on-one assistance from the instructor while practicing techniques learned in the classroom session. The second day will include a critique session, in which participants will review each other's photos taken during the class and provide feedback, in addition to constructive comments from the instructor.

This workshop will be a small, intimate class of no more than 12 participants to allow for plenty of individual instruction and assistance.

Participants will learn:

  • Basic and advanced techniques for producing well-exposed, -composed, and -lit images, specifically for flowering plants
  • Simple equipment that can be used to supplement outdoor photography
  • Reproducible image quality


Registration is now open! Last day to register is February 18.

Please note: class size is limited to 12 participants.

Description Date Cost (CNPS members and non-members)
How to Photograph Flowering Plants Like A Pro (2-day course) Feb 25-26 $249

Cancellation Policy: The last day to cancel your registration and receive any refund is Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Refunds may be subject to processing fees. Please send cancellation requests by e-mail to Becky Reilly, . Click here for more details on the cancellation policy for CNPS workshops.

Schedule (subject to change):

Day 1 - Thursday, February 25

9:00 am Introductions and overview
9:30 am Classroom session: techniques for photographing flowering plants
Noon Lunch (please bring your own lunch and water)
1:00 pm Outdoor exercises utilizing techniques learned in the classroom session
5:00 pm Break for the day

Day 2 - Friday, February 26

9:00 am Review questions and materials from day 1
9:30 am Outdoor exercises utilizing techniques learned in day 1
Noon Lunch (please bring your own lunch and water)
1:00 pm Photo critique
4:00 pm Q&A, course evaluations
5:00 pm Workshop concludes


Venue: This workshop will be held in the Casa del Prado at Balboa Park in sunny San Diego, CA. Maps and specific directions will be provided to registered participants about a week before the workshop.

Materials Required: Please bring your camera and a sturdy tripod. Be sure to read your camera's user manual ahead of time, so you thoroughly know how to operate your camera before the workshop.

Materials Provided: CNPS will provide relevant handouts with resources and useful information.
Physical Requirements: Participants should be physically able to remain outdoors for up to 4 hours at a time.

About the Instructor

Phillip Roullard has taught photography workshops for UCSD extension, A-16, The Water Conservation Garden, Mission Trails Regional Park, CNPS, and The San Diego Natural History Museum. Phil graduated from Brooks Institute with a BA in Photography in 1993 and has been published in Audubon calendars, BBC Wildlife, Time magazine, National Geographic books, San Diego Home and Garden, and San Diego Zoological Society's Zoonooz. His images and videos are in the "Coast to Cactus" permanent exhibit at The San Diego Natural History Museum, in the vernal pool display.


If you have questions about this or any other CNPS workshops, please contact Becky Reilly, CNPS Events Coordinator, at 916-447-2677 x207 or .

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