Focus on trees – photography with Andrea Jones

Photography and digital image manipulation

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About this course

Join award-winning garden photographer Andrea, observing and capturing trees in West Dean Gardens and Arboretum, focussing on shape and form, details of bark, fruits and of course autumn foliage, whilst paying attention to composition, colour and light. Bring any camera, including an iphone.

Course Description

Trees have become Andrea’s passion and she loves to photograph them in any season. In autumn however she feels they are perhaps at their most photogenic. You may use a camera device of your own choosing to capture them in the context of the landscape and learn to document them in detail. Cameras can include DSLR or compact cameras, ipads or iphones.

As you explore the Gardens and Arboretum with Andrea – photographer for the book ‘At West Dean’ – observing the trees and focussing your lenses on structure, shape and form. You will also look in detail at the various bark, fruits and autumn foliage paying particular attention to composition, colour and light.

Weather depending, the group will be encouraged to take advantage of the ‘golden hours’ by venturing out pre-breakfast for an outdoor photography session to capture first light and there will also be an opportunity to continue during the afternoon.

Between the outdoor sessions you will be encouraged to download image files in the College’s photographic suite or using your own laptops. Andrea will then guide you through editing and processing your images to your best advantage using Adobe Light Room and Photoshop.

There will be a final critique session where you will be encouraged to share your top images with the group and learn individually from Andrea’s photographic experience in the publishing world.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Please bring:
  • A selection of six images to show which should include at least one tree in the landscape and details such as foliage, bark and fruit. Minimum size 1000 pixels along the longest side please.
  • Own laptop if possible PC or Apple Mac and all necessary cables
  • Camera device (DSLR, compact cameras, ipads or iphones with necessary cables/chargers)
  • Fully charged camera batteries (fully charged) and your charging units
  • Camera memory cards
  • Memory stick or hard drive
  • Camera instruction manual if available.
  • For DSLR camera-users please bring any available compatible lenses. Ranging from wide angle through to macro
  • USB memory stick to save your images
  • You need to be prepared to walk outside, so bring appropriate outdoor clothing, including warm comfortable clothes, waterproof outerwear and waterproof walking footwear
  • Pen and paper
  • A note of your Adobe ID login may be useful

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • A selection of published books


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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