Painting Orchids with Light

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Painting Orchids with Light

white cattleya orchids against a black backdrop

Dates & Price

January 25 & 28, 2023

Online orientation: Wednesday, January 25, 6:00–7:00 pm

Onsite session: Saturday, January 28, 9:00 am–12:00 pm and 1:00–4:30 pm

Inclement weather date: Sunday, January 29

Fee: $199

Fee for Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members: $179

Fee includes all-day admission to the Gardens on the day the class is onsite.

Fee includes Dining Dollars card towards lunch. 

Registration ends January 23, 2023

Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks before the event, and your registration fee, less a $30 processing fee, will be refunded.

To notify us of your cancellation, email us or call 610-388-5454.

Registration Closed

Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members save on Continuing Education Courses

A 10% discount on classes will be applied automatically at the time of checkout. 

Using LED flashlights (provided by Longwood), learn how to light an orchid from Longwood’s collection in dramatic fashion while shooting in a low-light environment. Start your experience with an online orientation with expert photographer Andy Bale as he discusses important considerations for photographing using this unique technique. Then join us onsite, where you’ll try your hand at painting orchids with light and learn how to layer your exposures in Adobe Photoshop to create a stunning image.

Course Schedule

Online Orientation
Wednesday, January 25, 6:00–7:00 pm

Onsite Session
Saturday, January 28, 9:00 am–12 pm and 1:00–4:30 pm

Full course content includes both the online and the onsite components.


Onsite at Longwood Gardens with an additional online session. 


Andy Bale


Students will need a laptop computer, including the power cord, with both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop installed (these can be a trial version that can be downloaded a few days prior to the class), digital camera capable of accepting multiple lenses, electronic cable release, tripod, and a cable to connect their camera to their laptop.

Each student will be given LED flashlights and workshop equipment to keep for future photographic adventures.