Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

From its invention, photography has been used to visualise events and objects that are invisible to the human eye, either those that are too slow or too fast to perceive, or subjects that appear differently in ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) light.

This unique workshop will examine the techniques for visualising the invisible world: UV reflected and fluorescence photography can reveal hidden patterns in flowers which only insect eyes can see, and IR photography can be used for pictorial effect as well as identifying plant disease for example, whilst, time-lapse and high speed photography can be used to show plant growth, or high speed spore dispersal.

UV reflected and IR photography require the use of specially modified cameras and specialist filters, and the requirements for this will be discussed and demonstrated fully during the workshop. If participants wish to get a camera modified before the course they are welcome to contact the tutor before the start of the course.

Adrian’s web site: www.imagingtheinvisible.com is devoted to the subject, and includes images and various ‘starter guides’. His new book: Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography (Focal Press) was published in 2018.

Whilst much of the work will be carried out indoors, there will be some photography in the field at nearby locations for IR and time lapse photography.

Tutor: Adrian Davies

Adrian Davies is a highly experienced photographer, lecturer and author. He has run courses at Slapton for over 20 years as well as other workshops in a range of natural history topics around the UK and abroad. He has written 12 books including “Close-Up and Macro Photography”, “Digital Plant Photography” and “Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography”. His new book called “Photographing the Unseen World”, looking at UV and IR as well as high speed, time-lapse and macro photography, was published in April. He has two websites www.adriandaviesimaging.com and www.imagingtheinvisible.com

Example Timetable

Friday Evening: Introduction to Photography the Invisible

Saturday Morning: UV reflected Photography

Saturday Afternoon: UV Fluorescence Photography

Saturday Evening: Practical session and image review

Sunday Morning/Afternoon: High speed and Time Lapse

Sunday Evening: Practical session and image review

Monday: Infra red (including landscape and field photography)

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5.00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4pm Sunday, with departure after breakfast on Monday for resident participants. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.

What to Bring

  • Your digital camera, lenses and memory cards for UV fluorescence, high speed and time lapse photography.
  • Tripod (if you have one)
  • If you already have a camera modified for UV and/or IR bring that with any lenses and filters that you use.
  • Laptop if you have one and a USB stick for images.
  • Notebook
  • Lunch box, flask and water bottle

Recommended Books

There are very few up to date books on the subject:

  • Davies,  A (2017) “Digital Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography” Focal Press.
  • Prutchi, D (2017) “Exploring Ultraviolet Photography”  Amherst Media
  • Klein, L, and Klein, K (2016) “Infrared Photography – Artistic Techniques for Brilliant Images” Amherst Media
  • Dorame, K. (2016)  “Mastering Infrared Photography” Amherst Media
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