Focus on trees – photography with Andrea Jones

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About this course

Join award-winning garden photographer Andrea Jones, observing and capturing trees in West Dean Gardens and Arboretum, focusing 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 focusing 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 in how to use some essential, simple digital post production techniques in Adobe Lightroom 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.

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 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
  • Bring a note of your own Adobe ID login. If you don’t already have one, please register for a free account at prior to the course, and remember to bring the details with you.

Available to buy

  • Available from tutor:
  • A selection of published books

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes). There may be restrictions on equipment available to students in tutor’s absence.


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)

General Information


Andrea Jones

Andrea studied photography in the South of England.  She started her commercial career by buying and selling cameras such as Leicas and Hasselblads, then worked with Dr Jane Goodall in Africa on wildlife projects. These experiences contributed to a diverse range of photographic skills. A spell with fine art photographer Bruce Rae in London sharpened her attention to the subtleties of light.


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

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