Upcoming Workshops, Classes, Seminars…


Class: iPhone and iPad Botanical Photography University of Washington, Center For Urban Horticulture: 3 Thursday Afternoons, Oct. 29th-November 12, 1-4pm


UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Classroom (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105). Become the master of your photographic domain. Learn to use the cameras you already have on your smartphone or tablet and the best photography apps to make pictures that can populate your website, portfolio, Instagram and Facebook pages. Learn from master photographer/storyteller David Perry, who has four covers for Fine Gardening magazine in the past two years, the most recent of which was shot with his pocket-sized point and shoot camera. Cost: $16520140509_DPP-11st
Slide Lecture:
 Picture Perfect Plant Portraits, UW Botanic Gardens: Monday, September 28, 2015, 7 – 9pm

20140621_DPP-43Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 4.06.45 PMWhat is a plant portrait? At its most basic, a plant portrait is not so much different than a human portrait; it is simply a likeness that celebrates both the unique physical characteristics and ephemeral beauty of a given plant or group of plants. Plant portraits can be a wonderful place to begin wading into the larger river of garden photography, but they are also a photographic art form that one will never outgrow.
Join David E. Perry for a lively and inspiring slide lecture exploring his own adventures as a plant portraitist. Learn how to make better plant close-ups and how to capture the dreamy moods that will elicit the oohs and ahhs of others while showing plants within a larger garden setting.
This lecture is included in the price of and will inform our work in the Japanese Maple Photography Workshop on Saturday, Oct. 3. However, anyone may register for the lecture, only, if preferred.  Cost: $15

 Making Portraits of Trees/ Japanese Maple Photography, UW Botanic Gardens, Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:30am – 12pm

2-part workshop: Monday, September 28, 7-9pm & Saturday, October. 3, 8:30am-12pm

This workshop includes both an instructional lecture and a photo-shooting workshop. The lecture will thoroughly cover the many styles of portraits that are possible and how they can translate across to plant photography. The full workshop is for those who wish to delve in further by participating in a hands-on workshop with shooting assignment. We will walk together to the Arboretum’s stunning collection of Japanese Maples to
practice incorporating the portrait styles (The Close Up, The Environmental Portrait, The Group Photo, The Candid Portrait), and principles into our photographs. We will observe the Japanese custom of viewing autumn colors, known as “momijigari,” with our cameras, attempting to capture the essence, spirit and beauty of the Japanese Maples. Cost: $95 (the lecture on September 28 is included in this price)
Register Online, or call 206-685-8033


CLASS: iPhone, iPad Photography, Bellevue College/Fall Quarter:

DP – iPhone, iPad Photography with David Perry
Item: F9511 David Perry
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM North Campus   Room: TBA
Sessions: 4 Tu Address: 14673 NE 29th Place Bellevue, WA 98007
11/3/2015 – 11/24/2015 Fee: $149.00

Become the boss of your iPhone’s camera (iPads and Androids, too). Join photographer and author, David Perry, in a playful and plainspoken introduction to the wonders of your iPhone’s camera, as well as a simple path to mastery of it. In this four session class, transform from merely owning a cell phone with a nice camera in it to mastering an amazing camera that also happens to be a miniature darkroom, internet portal and cell phone. Learn how to make your camera focus where you want it, how to save pictures, how to crop and beautify them with a few inexpensive, easy-to-master apps, how to add words to them, where your pictures live in your iPhone/iPad, and finally, how to share them seamlessly with your friends and the world. You are smarter than your smartphone camera. You just don’t know it yet.

CLASS: Photography Lighting IBellevue College/Fall Quarter: December 1, 3, 5, 8


You know that photography is “writing with light”. This class will give you a solid understanding and practice with how to leverage and shape light to enable you to bring out the best of your subject and to elevate your photography beyond capturing the light to artistically “writing with light”. Learn the facts and qualities of light and their effects on your images by observing, measuring, modifying, and shaping light. Practice controlling light ratios, contrasts, and compositions with available light, on-camera flash, accessory speedlights, and continuous lighting. Experience the excitement of taking creative control of the light into your hands to beautifully showcase a variety of subjects.

DP – Photography Lighting I
Item: F9535 David Perry
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM North Campus   Room: V1126
Sessions: 4 Tu Th Sa Address: 14673 NE 29th Place Bellevue, WA 98007
12/1/2015 – 12/8/2015 Fee: $215.00
Off-Site: Sat 12/5, 10am-1pm

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

February 17, 2016. 5:45pm

Slide Lecture: In The Garden of His Imagination:

A garden is truly a world set apart, a painted canvas meant to elicit a response. Gardens affect their visitors in many unique ways. Join David as he shares a collection of personal images, offering insights about how one might sit with a garden, see deeply into it and occasionally, enter into profound conversation with it. Learn how David treats his garden visits as open-ended meditations, sharing captured glimpses of them as questions asked; visual poems awaiting a response from the viewer.


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Bumblebee at rest.  Important, native garden pollinator.

If you’re interested in booking David for a lecture or workshop in your area and would like to know more about possible topics, etc., please check out these links: Topics & DescriptionsGreat Garden Speakers WebsiteOf course, David is always willing to customize his presentations to specific audiences. Tell me what you’re hoping for and let’s see how we can accomodate your venue or garden club.

Booking now for Autumn, 2015


Breakfast Photo Workshops in My Garden:  

Yes, I’m offering a limited number of one-on-one and/or two-on-one workshop slots again this year where I will serve as both as your cook and your photographic instructor during select, early mornings throughout the fall. Click to learn more.

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