I was initially so disappointed with the results of the Wisley Apprentice shoot in issue 63 (September 2016). After a day of tuition and good weather, as readers, we still knew little about the gardens from a photographic point of view. The sweeping pathways leading to Hidcote-like viewpoints, the wildlife, the intimate scenes from the hide or smaller gardens, sweeping landscapes linking the garden to its surrounding areas, exciting borders filled by contrasting colours, the majestic trees planted singly or in groups, rare plant life and so much more… all missing. So much to be taught from one venue.
Then I looked at your shots. I could take those in my garden. Then I got it! But that did not mean I did not want to learn about the other things I mentioned. Jeremy Lamey, via email
With the Apprentice, we try to give tips on shooting a type of subject, rather than a specific one, so we were keen in this case to help people take better photos of gardens rather than just better photos of RHS Wisley, which not everyone can visit. If you could take the shots in your own garden, that’s fantastic!