From its invention, photography has been used to visualise events and objects that are invisible to the human such as 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.

This is a unique course, introducing participants to the fascinating world of “invisible” photography. Please note a basic knowledge of photography and access to a camera is required.

This course includes an introduction to:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) Reflectance photography.
  • UV fluorescence photography.
  • Infrared (IR) photography.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 8 and 16 participants.

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

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

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 and

Please note, the fee is for tuition and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at FSC Juniper Hall, please call 01306 734501.

Example Timetable

Much of the course will be demonstration based, but participants will have the opportunity of photographing various items fluorescing in UV.

During the course we will look at:
Ultraviolet (UV) Reflectance photography, showing how flowers appear to insects for example.
UV fluorescence photography – photography of various subjects that fluoresce when excited with UV radiation.
Infrared (IR) photography- landscapes and plants (weather permitting).

If you have booked accommodation at the Centre, please arrive between 8:00am and 9:30am on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before the course begins.

If you are a non-resident, please arrive by 9:45am.

The course will end at 17:00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9:30am.


What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Up to 6 hours of tuition a day.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources and facilities including workrooms and the Centre grounds.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Your digital camera, lenses and memory cards.
  • Tripod (if you have one).
  • Laptop if you have one and a USB stick for images.
  • Notebook.
  • If you have a full spectrum or IR converted camera do bring it with you!