Better Photos with Any Camera

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 7:00AM - 11:00AM

Instructor: Saxon Holt

Location: Blaksley Library and Garden Grounds

Member: Better Photos @ $125.00
Nonmember: Better Photos @ $150.00

Group Lesson & Critique

Award winning garden photographer Saxon Holt returns to photograph the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and offers a group lesson and critique session to any photographer who wants to join him in the garden. Photographers will be given a theme from his award winning PhotoBotanic Garden photography workshop book Good Garden Photography on how to fill frame of the camera, any camera, with a constructed composition. Following the morning shoot we will work in the classroom where each student will receive a critique of their morning work as we all learn practical application of the lessons in his books.

There will be a break 9-9:30am.


Image of Saxon HoltSaxon Holt is the Photography Program Director at San Francisco Botanical Garden and created to develop and publish ebooks on gardening and garden photography. The award winning PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Worshops are series of beautifully designed ebooks with inspiration and lessons to encourage and guide all gardeners with cameras.

A life-long gardener, he spent his professional time as a commercial photographer until 1985 when he discovered the gardening market and could no longer stay indoors. He quickly developed a reputation as a photographer with a distinct vision and understanding of plants and landscapes.

His work has been featured in diverse publications from Architectural Digest and Pacific Horticulture Magazine, to Smithsonian and MoneyMagazine along with most major book publishers, as well as calendars, newspapers, and note cards. He licenses his garden photography stock photos at where he also teaches garden photography and contributes to a Learning Center on the art of garden photography.

His work and his own books increasingly focus on the relationship between gardens and the land, seeking a sustainable aesthetic that can enhance both gardener and the earth. In the seminal 2004 book Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates Saxon was determined “to change the aesthetic of what we expect to see in a garden photograph”. The book received awards from both The American Horticultural Society and The Garden Writers of America.

His recent books The American Meadow Garden with John Greenlee (Timber Press) and Hardy Succulents with Gwen Kelaidis (Storey Publishing) allowed him to explore gardens that have an authentic connection to place. Both of these collaborations with author and publisher have been recognized with Silver Medals for Outstanding Book by The Garden Writers of America.

Professionally, Saxon is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals), is a Fellow of GWA (Garden Writers of America), and owns an online photo database for gardeners in summer-dry climates.

He lives and gardens Northern California where he has found the climate for plants and adventuresome gardeners to be a constant source of inspiration, and is currently working on new ventures in multi-media and self publishing at PhotoBotanic.

Click here to visit his website