The Art of Flower & Garden Photography

with Charles Needle



UPDATE!!!! 3/17/2020

The Presentations and Workshop have been postponed indefinitely
The locations for the Charles Needle Workshop (described below)  have closed due to Covid-19 virus precautions. Therefore, the Workshop will need to be rescheduled for sometime in the future. This page will be updated with the most current information.

The Technical Department is researching the viability of Charles doing live video streaming presentations (also described below) for both MoNEP and SLCC. This is hypothetical and not a sure thing. If this comes to fruition, members of both organizations will be notified.


Local Presentations


Missouri Nature and Environmental Photographers (MoNEP)

Tuesday, April 21 @ 6:30 pm
Title: “Creative Macro Photography”

Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader, Charles Needle, will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level. He will cover more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, "shooting through" with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, wide-angle macro, and macro with specialty lenses, such as the new Lensbaby Velvet lenses and a Taleidoscope lens. Charles will also discuss specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and abstract close-ups of everyday household objects.


St Louis Camera Club 

Wednesday, April 22 @ 7 pm
Title: “Impressionistic Photography: How to Use Your Camera (or smartphone) as a Paintbrush”

Unlock your creative potential and discover how to craft impressionistic-looking photographs using nothing but your digital camera or smartphone. Award-winning California-based fine art photographer Charles Needle will describe the process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into unimaginable visual masterpieces.

Charles’ program will begin with a short inspirational slide show, followed by a lecture covering techniques, such as Long-Exposure Pan/Tilt, "Multiple-Exposure Monet" (a technique Charles invented), Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage and Composite Montage. He will also demonstrate how to use a free script in Photoshop to accomplish this same look, if your camera does not have built-in multiple exposure capability.

Workshop  April 24-25, 2020

Join award-winning Colorado-based fine art flower and garden photographer, Charles Needle, for this exclusive hands-on 2-day photography workshop at both the Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve at the peak of springtime bloom.

Charles will guide you through the technical craft of flower and garden photography, and you’ll receive lots of personalized, 1-on-1 instruction from him, both in the classroom and in the field. 


Day 1 will focus on creative macro photography. We will meet at 9 am at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Friday, April 24th and photograph there until about 1:45 pm (with a lunch break included). Charles will give several field demonstrations and share tips and techniques for capturing artistic close-ups. Topics covered will include: suggested camera equipment and accessories unique to macro, effective lighting techniques, and mastering artistic compositions. You’ll also be given an optional “assignment” to complete. Then from 2 to 4 pm, we will meet at Messiah Lutheran Church (located one mile from the Garden) for supportive group image evaluations, whereby Charles will project assignment images in a classroom setting and discuss ways to improve your craft.


Day 2 will focus on Impressionistic flower and garden photography techniques. You’ll learn how to use your camera (and/or smartphone) as a “paintbrush.” We will meet at Shaw Nature Reserve at 8 am and spend the entire day there (until 4 pm with a lunch break included). Through a slide-illustrated lecture and numerous field demos throughout the day, Charles will discuss in-camera multiple-exposure techniques (including his “Multiple-Exposure Monet” technique, which he invented), soft-glow montage, composite montage, long-exposure techniques, alternative post-processing options, and various apps to accomplish the same using nothing more than your smartphone! As in the previous day, you’ll also be given an optional “assignment” to complete for final group image evaluation.

All skill levels and camera formats welcome. Students should also have basic proficiency in post-capture image editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop or Snapseed for image assignments. Limited to 14 participants.

Workshop Hours: 

Friday, April 24th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Missouri Botanical Garden 
Saturday, April 25th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Shaw Nature Reserve


$195 if you register before April 1, 2020. After that date, the price increases to $220.

Open to St. Louis Camera Club members and/or MoNEP members only. (Workshop fee includes free admission to both locations.) There is a total of 14 slots for these workshops: 7 for MoNEP, 7 for SLCC.

Workshop Registration Process
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Registration requires that you click on one of the following links to get on the list. Then payment needs to be sent as instructed below. A waiting list will be maintained, so if the Workshop gets full and you want to attend, make sure you still register so you may be placed on the waiting list.

Registration Links:


Sending payment:

After a successful registration, please mail a check, payable to “Charles Needle Photography,” to:

Paul C. Kulessa
12 Foxwood Ct.
Saint Charles, MO 63304

If you are on the waiting list, do not send a check until instructed to do so.

Be sure to include your email address and phone number with the check. Checks will be held until we are 100% certain the workshop will take place.


Charles Needle


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