Photography Classes

The Garden offers a world of natural inspiration for you to observe and interpret with the help of award-winning photographers.

Location Day/Night Instructor Sort Keywords  
Classes

March
For serious photographers only, this is a rare opportunity to capture the exquisite beauty of The Orchid Show without casual visitors present. Bring your tripod (the only time we'll allow them in the Conservatory!), since you'll be shooting with available more...
03/29 Fr 08:30am-10:00am
NYBG
April
Photograph The Orchid Show using your DSLR 100-300 mm telephoto lens, and dedicated speedlights. Master techniques to achieve the best lighting and exposure for these vibrant flowers without the use of tripods or monopods. Afterward, return to the classroom for more...
04/02 Tu 09:00am-03:00pm Falk
NYBG
Light fundamentally influences the mood and composition of your photos. Explore how to make the best use of different kinds of natural light by optimizing your camera settings, consciously choosing what time of day you shoot, and using shadows, a more...
04/14 Su 04:30pm-07:30pm Stern
NYBG
For serious photographers only, this is a rare opportunity to capture the exquisite beauty of The Orchid Show without casual visitors present. Bring your tripod (the only time we'll allow them in the Conservatory!), since you'll be shooting with available more...
04/16 Tu 06:30pm-08:00pm
NYBG
Experiment with composing abstract images using botanical subjects, taking inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe. An expert at honing in on beautiful details from years working in high-end fashion, Douglas Dubler will show you how to use the lines, shapes, patterns, textures, more...
04/24 We 02:00pm-05:00pm Dubler
NYBG
May
Douglas Dubler, who studied with Ansel Adams, will use a variety of arresting images to discuss what techniques to use so your photographs achieve rich blacks, stark whites, and all the greys in between. He will also demonstrate how to more...
05/05 Su 10:00am-01:00pm Dubler
NYBG
Award-winning photographer Mindy Véissid emphasizes an intuitive approach to taking pictures, one where open awareness precedes technical perfection and aims to cultivate photography's meditative potential. You will practice being more mindful of your surroundings, attuned to the subjects that draw more...
05/11 Sa 11:00am-02:00pm Veissid
NYBG
Learn practical techniques and tips for using the iPhone camera. Discover the best apps for photo taking, special effects, editing, post-processing, and more. The best way to organize and share your photos and videos via email, e-cards, and social media more...
05/17 Fr 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
  05/17 Fr 02:00pm-05:00pm Gambino
NYBG
Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist William Waitzman, you will make 4–6 prints, while exploring more...
05/18 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Waitzman
NYBG
Make artistic images with your iPhone, the world's most-used camera! Learn to "see as a professional" and make proper use of your focus, flash, self-timer and zoom capabilities. See how preparation, lighting, and environmental conditions can help create unique images. more...
05/28 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Gambino
NYBG
June
Learn to create intimate and detailed portraits of flowers using various lenses, proper depth of field, filters, and the best framing techniques. Equipment, including zoom telephotos, close-up diopter filters, extension tubes, teleconverters, dedicated macro lenses, and wide angle close-ups will more...
06/08 Sa 09:00am-03:00pm Falk
NYBG
Dive in to using low-budget table-top lighting equipment and techniques to make compelling photos of botanical subjects and floral arrangements. Photographer David Samuel Stern will discuss the basic principles of still-life lighting design and walk you through manual camera controls more...
06/30 Su 02:00pm-05:00pm Stern
NYBG
July
Harness sunlight to create dreamlike botanical images in rich blues. Pioneered in the 1840s, cyanotype is a type of photography that doesn't use a camera. Under the expert guidance of artist William Waitzman, you will make 4–6 prints, while exploring more...
07/13 Sa 10:30am-03:00pm Waitzman
NYBG
Don't let your images stay trapped in your hard drive! Experiment with the art of making a print, a process that requires great technical skill and a keen eye for detail. Over his four-decade career, Douglas Dubler has tenaciously pursued more...
07/16 Tu 10:00am-02:00pm Dubler
NYBG
August
Experiment with composing abstract images using botanical subjects, taking inspiration from Georgia O'Keeffe. An expert at honing in on beautiful details from years working in high-end fashion, Douglas Dubler will show you how to use the lines, shapes, patterns, textures, more...
08/10 Sa 02:00pm-05:00pm Dubler
NYBG