Welcome to America's Oldest Public Gardens, Magnolia Plantation!
Beautiful and historic, Magnolia Plantation has seen the ups and downs of American History on her property. From the Revolutionary War and the Civil War to present day, this is history preserved at its finest. Established in 1676 by the Drayton family as a rice plantation, it was opened to visitors in 1870. History lives on in Magnolia with the Drayton's maintaining original ownership of the property for over 300 years. Magnolia Plantation was the place azaleas were first intrdouced in America.

During our time together and included with the workshop, you will have full access to explore the grounds. For an additional price, you can also enjoy strolling through the plantation house. The famous romantic gardens were initially planted by John Grimke Drayton to woo the heart of his wife from Philadelphia and cause her to love the Lowcountry. We feel confident that the blooms, Audobon swamp, live oaks, and gardens will have you also falling in love with this incredible piece of history.


General Info
Magnolia Plantation - Charleston, SC - USA
Workshop Dates:
April 4 - 5, 2020
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Cost: $475 USD

Hyatt House
2455 Prospect Drive
North Charleston, South Carolina 29406 843.735.7100
We have group rates available for our guests.
Info will be included with your booking.

Includes two day admission to Magnolia Plantation and its 390 acre property, a relaxed, supportive and creative atmosphere for you to learn new techniques, learning how to apply painterly techniques to your images and understanding the importance of classical compositions.
Beginner - Advanced

Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.

This is one of our more leisurely workshops. Anyone will be able to take advantage of the gardens and the historic grounds at any time of the day. This workshop is meant to provide an extremely relaxing atmosphere.
America's Oldest Public Garden

For this workshop, we will be surrounded by the beautiful landscape and gardens of Magnolia Plantation. The gardens and property offer flat walking surfaces, giving everyone the ability to see and experience it all.
Group Size
12 People

We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the leisurely atmosphere, this group size will be six guests per instructor.

Your Experience
If you've ever wanted to learn or enhance your macro photography skills, Magnolia Plantation is the perfect setting for you. In addition, you will find yourself in a relaxing setting with a professional photographer on hand to help guide you through the mechanical processes of your camera, and also focusing on the creative aspect of making beautiful images. We will meet on Saturday morning to begin our time together in the garden. Our workshop will start with a brief instructional time and setting our goals for the two days. We will then spend a relaxed and quiet day photographing and learning how to intentionally work with the flowers and their natural shapes, curves and lines. On our second day, we will spend some of our time in a classroom setting learning how to post process the images you created and approaching our digital darkroom much like a painter approaches canvas. You'll learn powerful techniques that will have the viewers of your images thinking you created a physical painting. Afterwards, it's back to shooting some of the most magical gardens you've ever laid eyes on!

Beauty's Whisper.jpg
Charleston Spring 23.jpg
Required Gear
• Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Macro Lens
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
Topics We’ll Cover
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• The art of listening to your subject
• Understanding the value of being intentional
• The use of natural light
• Creating intriguing compositions
• Making full use of your histogram
• Focusing techniques
• Caputruing Water droplets
• Applying, creating and implementing textures
• Learning to create your own textures
• The steps to creating a painterly approach to your art
• Fundamental compositional tools

What's Included
Professional one-on-one instruction in the field, critiquing and preparing your captures for the digital darkroom, hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!

Access to Magnolia Plantations spectacular gardens, and the Audobon swamp.

Painting supplies, canvas, paints and brushes. No experience is required or necessary to create textures on this workshop.

What's Not Included
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Trip Insurance
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.

Payment and Cancellation Policy
A full payment of $475 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Booking for this workshop will be available until the date of start or all 12 spots have been taken. If you wish to cancel after full payment has been made, our cancellation and refund policy is stated below:

• 120 days or greater prior to workshop start date will be fully refunded, less $50 processing fee.
• 120-90 days prior to workshop start date will be 50% refundable.
• 90-30 days prior to workshop start date will be 25% refundable.
• 30 days prior to workshop start date are non-refundable.