California State Flower, Food & Garden Show Offers Garden Photography Workshop

SACRAMENTO- The California State Flower, Food & Garden Show is offering a hands-on workshop for 20 amateur or professional photographers interested in garden and landscape photography.

The workshop will be presented by the award-winning garden and landscape photographer, Saxon Holt, and will be held on opening day of the Show, Thursday, April 7 at 5 PM. Because space is limited, you are encouraged to register now by visiting:

Saxon Holt’s Photography Workshop will be presented in two parts: a lecture presentation and an interactive hands-on workshop. The workshop will be held immediately following the closing of the Show to the general public giving participants unlimited access to the featured gardens.

The lecture presentation titled, “What is a Good Garden Photograph” will present published works by Holt. He will talk about getting to the essence of what a photograph can do and explain how and why the photograph was taken. Specific tips on composition and what to look for when photographing a garden will be offered. The 90-minute hands-on workshop titled, “Think Like a Camera,” will then begin. Holt will be joined by participants to tour the gardens featured at the Show. Here, participants will receive some very basic camera technical information about depth of field and white balance. They will then have the opportunity to begin taking their own photographs. Holt will be available to participants for help and suggestions.

At the end of the workshop, everyone will have the opportunity to upload their three best photos for review and critiquing by Holt.

Saxon Holt’s Photography Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 7th at 5 PM, Cal Expo, Pavilion Building, Sacramento. Participants must have a camera with manual controls and a tripod. Workshop fee is $70 and includes admission to the California State Flower, Food & Garden Show and VIP parking next to the Pavilion.

Holt is the photography program director at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens as well as the author of many award-winning books including his most recent, “The American Meadow Garden.” This book won the gold award in 2010 from the Garden Writers of America. Additional information on Holt can be found at his website:

The California State Flower, Food & Garden Show will be held April 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2011 at Cal Expo, Pavilion Bldg. in Sacramento, California.