Garden photography at West Dean with Jacqui Hurst

Photography and digital image manipulation Garden courses

Ref: S1D11810

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About this course

Using the beautiful West Dean Gardens as your source, learn how available light can influence your images as you capture well-composed pictures.

Course Description

Practice the art of producing high quality well-composed images. Learn how to make the most of the available light to enrich vistas, plant portraits and abstract details of patterns and textures. The emphasis of the day is to grasp how to see and compose images in-camera without the need for post image manipulation. It is suitable if you use a DSLR or advanced compact camera.

On a series of projects designed to develop the ‘seeing eye', you will learn to compose stronger images and gain a greater understanding of how your camera works.

Taking greater control of your camera, you will understand how to use exposure compensation and ISO. Experiment with different viewpoints; consider the importance of horizon line and how it influences the picture. Observe how the light can influence your pictures.

• You will learn the foundations of what makes a well-composed picture.

• Develop an awareness of how the available light influences the image.

• Master ISO and exposure compensation.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Your camera with fully charged battery, and clear memory card (and spare, if possible)
  • Note pad, pen or pencil
  • Tripod if you have one
  • Suitable footwear and clothing for working outside
  • The course is based in the digital photography suite, but if you prefer working on your own laptop do bring it
  • Bring a USB memory stick to save your images.
Ensure that your camera is in good working order, the battery is fully charged and you have a clear memory card and spare if possible.


Jacqui Hurst

Jacqui Hurst has been an editorial photographer since the mid 80's working with publishers and magazines, illustrating art, craft and gardening books and features. She is a member of the GMG and the NUJ. Recent books featuring her work are: 'Textile Landscapes' and 'Pat Albeck: Queen of the Tea Towel'. Jacqui started teaching at West Dean twenty years ago and found that she loved sharing her expertise and knowledge. She runs workshops in the UK and Europe.

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