Expand your skills and fine tune your vision for making better, more-creative images in natural light.

Jul 12, 2020 - Jul 18, 2020

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1295
Class Size: 14

From landscapes to close ups to wildlife, explore the principles and practices essential for making pleasing photographs outdoors. Learn to use a digital SLR camera, assorted lenses and specialized techniques to consistently create satisfying images of a variety of subjects, light and weather conditions.

Through the combination of classroom sessions, field trips and image critiques, expect to improve your understanding of the technical and artistic aspects of outdoor and nature photography.

Life along the Maine Coast is tied to daily interactions with nature. So our field sessions will combine natural and human-made subjects – all photographed in natural light. Expect to rise before sunrise several days, so we can get to our morning locations before the light does.

Anticipate that you will confirm some of your current practices and challenge others as you improve your skills and vision during our week together.

Suggested equipment includes: a laptop computer for processing images with Adobe Lightroom, a digital SLR camera, several lenses, and a tripod (one may be borrowed from the school).

Workshop objectives include:

  • Learn the best techniques for photographing landscapes, close ups and wildlife subjects.
  • Understand proper exposure and how to rely on histograms to consistently get good exposures.
  • Expand your ability to control depth of field and motion consistently and identify when each of these elements is most important in your composition.
  • Anticipate the different perspectives of wide-angle and telephoto lenses and know when to use them.
  • Explore the elements of a composition and how they help us make creative photographs.
  • See how backgrounds can be just as important as the subjects.
  • Examine the specialized equipment designed for successful field work with wildlife and close ups.
  • Use advanced methods including focus staking, panoramas and HDR.
  • Improve your workflow procedure in Adobe Lightroom.
  • Discover a simple way to catalog and retrieve your images.
  • And discuss how to keep your energy and explorations going close to home or on a once-in-a-lifetime photo trip.

Consider this an intermediate to advanced level course. All the important elements of good photographic practices will be reviewed. Then we’ll step into the next levels of skills and techniques. Students are requested to have an understanding of using cameras in Manual and Aperture-Priority exposure modes; and at least a beginner’s familiarity with Adobe Lightroom.

Suggested equipment includes: a laptop computer for processing images with Adobe Lightroom, a digital SLR camera, several lenses, and a tripod (one may be borrowed from the school). A list of additional gear you may find helpful can be requested from the Registrar.

All image credit © Cliff Zenor

Past student work (left to right): Norma Levett, Barbara Buss, Nyoli Connor, Jane Mackay

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Instructor: Cliff Zenor

Cliff Zenor is a nature and garden photographer, tour leader and workshop teacher. For more than 20 years he has photographed, toured and taught in parks and preserves across the continental US and in other wild places like Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, the Pantanal Brazilian wetlands, Alaska and Canada. His photographs have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, picture books, textbooks, children’s books and greeting cards. Cliff has led tours and taught workshops for highly-regarded providers. He has presented programs for the Professional Photographers of America and the North American Nature Photography Association. And he has appeared in segments of Public Television shows about exploring and photographing nature. Cliff is a natural, enthusiastic teacher. And he enjoys exploring the wild and not-so-wild world with like-minded photographers. He and his wife, Mary, live in northern Indiana in a historic house which they are slowly and lovingly restoring.