Plant and Garden Photography

Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Mondays, April 17 through May 15, 2017 – 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Join Bryce Lane as he teaches all about the principles of photography as they apply to taking images of plants, gardens, garden wildlife, landscapes, and more. Come learn how to operate your camera by mastering the concepts of exposure, focus, and shutter speed. We will also focus on framing and composition so you can capture all the beauty that plants and gardens have to offer.


This five-week course is for those who want to learn the art and science of plant and garden photography. You will learn how to manually operate your camera to achieve the best desired images. The basics of photography including exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, white balance, framing, and composition will be taught. You will need to bring your creativity, and a camera that can be operated manually, preferably a digital SLR (single lens reflex).

Class Schedule

Week 1 – Welcome and Introduction: Basic Photographic Principles: exposure triangle, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus, white balance, histogram, and depth of field

Week 2 – Basic Principles Continued: work flow, best time to shoot, and choosing the best lens
Recommended Equipment: lenses, diffusers, reflectors, tripods, monopods, and filters

Week 3 – Framing and Composition: perspective (foreground/background), depth of field, centering, and rule of thirds
Using Mobile Devices: phones and tablets

Week 4 – Photographing Gardens and Plants: where to start (what do I adjust first?)

Week 5 – Macro photography: light, bokeh

Bryce Lane

About Bryce Lane

Bryce grew up in Western Massachusetts, where he discovered his passion for plants and telling others about them, working at a local garden center through high school and college. After earning his B.S. in plant science from the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and an M.S. in horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1981, he came to the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University as a lecturer, teaching in both the two-year and four-year programs. He taught plant identification at NC State for 18 years. In 1987, he became the undergraduate coordinator, serving the department in that capacity for 26 years. Bryce taught both large and small courses, for majors and non-majors. In the past 30+ years, he has taught more than 20,000 students. He has received numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards and is frequently invited to speak at many workshops and symposia, about teaching as well as horticulture and gardening. He hosted and produced a three-time, Emmy winning UNC TV public television show called "In the Garden With Bryce Lane" which was on the air for 11 seasons. Most importantly, he has been married for 37 years to his high school sweetheart, has two happily married daughters, and six incredible grandchildren.

Bryce retired from NC State in January 2014, and is now spending more time with his family, pursuing the next chapter in his public speaking career, and teaching part time at NC State and the JC Raulston Arboretum. He served as interim director of the JC Raulston Arboretum from July through November 2014. He is an avid gardener who has gardened in the same spot for more than 30 years!

$150.00 for members, $190.00 for nonmembers. Note to nonmembers: instead of paying $40.00 more for the program, become a member for $50.00 instead.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 24 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or for more information about this event.