Three Experts: Holt, Perry and Mandell

Th San Francisco Flower & Garden Show proudly presented three of the world’s top garden photographers in SPECIAL PHOTOBOTANIC HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS  where the experts worked with attendees to answer questions and help perfect photographic skills.

Saxon Holt  – March 19, 2015 – Think Like a Camera.  This presentation, excerpted from the new eBook with the same name gave specific tips on how to photograph gardens. The camera is an artistic tool that frames a composition in two dimensions.  Learn techniques of lines, shape, and focal points found in all good gardens to fill the frame with strong compositions  Saxon, the Show’s official photographer, has been photographing Bay Area gardens for 30 years. Heis the photographer of the EBMUD book Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Gardens, and is the owner of

Allan Mandell – March 20, 2015 – Attendees took a look at flowers and gardens through the creative eye of a visual artist.  Professional garden photographer, Allan Mandell presented three of the primary ingredients in his recipe for seeing.  Compositions from gardens of the Pacific Northwest and Japan were featured.  After his presentation, workshop participants got a chance to practice seeing under his direction as they photographed installations at the Flower & Garden Show. Allan has over 20 years as a freelance garden photographer with work published in magazines and books world-wide, and is now concentrating on his artwork and leading seasonal tours to the gardens of Kyoto, Japan.  Check his website for more details.

David E. Perry – March 21, 2015 – Garden storyteller/photographer and iPhone Gardener Dave Perry took attendees on an eye-opening journey into the world of iPhone/smartphone photography as he demonstrated the amazing potential of these miniature wonders and then stuck around for a workshop attendees put into practice some of the tricks and tools they just learned.  David  has been an avid gardener and working photographer since his teens and has been photographing gardens professionally for six years, bringing skills garnered through decades of assignments and a unique storyteller’s eye to each new botanical challenge, including four cover features for Fine Gardening in the past two years.